Insurance Dispute Delays Reopening of Tornado-Damaged Massachusetts School

April 5, 2012

The reopening of a Roman Catholic school in Springfield severely damaged by last summer’s tornadoes has been delayed because of a dispute between the diocese and its insurer.

Officials with the Diocese of Springfield said Tuesday that while they estimate it will take $70 million to repair tornado damage to the building that housed both Cathedral High School as well as St. Michael’s Academy middle school, the insurance company has only agreed to a $15 million payment.

In accordance with state law, the diocese says it will take the matter to arbitration.

As a result the diocese is planning to extend the lease agreement on property it rents for Cathedral in Wilbraham.

A diocese spokesman says Bishop Timothy McDonnell is profoundly disappointed.

The schools have about 600 students combined.

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