Pope Francis High School's new head W. Paul Harrington Jr. sees job as a blessing

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"I don't know of any other place in the U.S. that is doing what we're doing," Harrington said. SPRINGFIELD -- W. Paul Harrington Jr., the new head of Pope Francis High School, considers himself a lucky man. After nearly 20 years in Catholic education -- most of that time spent in California -- the Massachusetts native said landing the job as head of Pope Francis at a time when many Catholic schools are closing presents a rare challenge and a welcome opportunity. "This is a dream job for someone like me," Harrington said recently while surveying construction of a $54 million school at 99 Wendover Road. The building is slated to open in just over a year. "To have the opportunity to grow a new Catholic school is an...

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