There appears to be an interest in creating a Catholic secondary school in the area.
According to The Catholic Post, Wisconsin-based consulting firm Meitler has been retained by the Diocese of Peoria to create and conduct a feasibility study in the western part of the diocese to determine if a Catholic high school should be established there.
Galesburg, Monmouth, and Macomb are part of the area being studied. Aspects of the feasibility study includes location, demographics, school-age population, parental expectation, and vision.
The Catholic Post says that Immaculate Conception School pastor Thomas Mack proposed the idea after hearing increased wishes for an area Catholic high school.
There are three Catholic high schools within an hour of the area, Alleman High School, Peoria Notre Dame, and Burlington Notre Dame. Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg operated a high school until it closed in the 1970s.
Recommendations for the study are due by June, and over the summer discussions will be held about the next step.