A strong Catholic identity. Strong academics. Service learning opportunities.
Those are just a few of the things that parents and parishioners want if the Archdiocese of Indianapolis decides to build a new Catholic high school in the Columbus-Seymour area.
The archdiocese, which oversees 137 parishes and 71 schools, is studying the feasibility of locating a new high school in south-central Indiana.
It is working with 13 parishes south of Indianapolis, including St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Columbus, to decide whether another Catholic high school is needed south of Indianapolis.
Besides the Columbus-Seymour area, the archdiocese also is looking at locations in the Center Grove area, near Greenwood; Whiteland, along Whiteland Road between State Road 37 and Interstate 65; and the Bloomington area.
A focus group meeting Wednesday night at St. Bartholomew was part of a process that began last summer when Bishop Christopher Coyne, vicar general of the archdiocese, approved forming a committee to lead the feasibility study.
For more on this story, see Saturday's Republic.