Controversial decision to move orphanage

By Sara Gouedy - bio | email

NORWOOD, OH (FOX19) - Norwood city leaders gave the green light Wednesday afternoon to the relocation of Saint Aloysius school.

Administrators want to move its school for at-risk children to the Old Holy Trinity campus in Norwood.

There's still one more step to this process, however. At Wednesday's meeting, members of the Norwood Planning Commission discussed pros and cons of having the school within their borders.

At the center of it all are some abandoned buildings that St. Aloyisus wants to move in.

But there's been opposition.

Norwood mayor Thomas Williams feels the change doesn't meet city zoning requirements. The buildings once housed the Holy Trinity Catholic School.

"I still feel that our obligation is to the residents, and to the city," said Mayor Williams.

In a 2-1 vote, the Norwood Planning Commission voted against the mayor. It also placed conditions on how the property would be used.

St. Aloyisus is a school for children with emotional and behavioral problems.

"If it's for the betterment of children that have problems then so be it," said Norwood resident Ruth Murphy.

In the neighbhorhodod around the school's proposed site, we couldn't find anyone opposed to the change.

"I don't, I don't think there will be any problems with it," said resident Cathy Siuda.

The school's attorney says this will also have other benefits. For one, he says, it will clean up a set of buildings already showing the signs of vacancy.

"These are elementary school children, the teacher student ratio is one teacher to eight students, and there is very good security on campus," said attorney Joe Trauth.

Norwood City Council will hear the proposal February 11.