Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Grove City Christian Academy Purchases Washington Kindergarten Center

Many area churches hosted Grove City Christian Academy since its inception forty years ago. The Academy found its permanent home Monday evening as the bid to purchase the former Washington Kindergarten Center was approved by the Grove City Area School District board of directors.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Academy to continue moving forward, offering a classical Christian education to the students of the Grove City region,” said Lee Wishing, GCCA Board President. “We’re extremely thankful for God’s provisions, to the churches that have hosted us for the last four decades, and the donors who have made this purchase possible.”

The Grove City Area School District has been constructing a new middle school, which would shift classes around various buildings. This rearrangement has left the Washington Kindergarten Center as an unused building. The GCCA board has spent the last several months investigating and evaluating the building to determine if it fulfilled the needs of the Academy in both the immediate and long-term future. The building is structurally sound and requires no near-term upgrades or repairs.

The Academy has approximately 110 students enrolled in preschool through eighth grade and two dozen enrolled in the high school study center. It is currently located in the First Baptist Church and the First Church of God. Washington Kindergarten Center is large enough to consolidate the GCCA campuses.

The GCASD decided to entertain sealed bids for the building and property. The GCCA board met in a special session to determine what the value was to the Academy. The board unanimously determined of a bid of $200,010.

The bids were opened last Wednesday and GCCA was the winning bidder. GCCA will be closing on the property shortly in order to start the school year in the new building.