Will GCA consider former Bago school?

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Genesis Classical Academy (GCA) has more than doubled in size since the school opened its doors in 2015.

That could mean GCA officials will need to start looking for a new building in the near future.

City Administrator Chris Ziegler told Economic Development Authority board members at their meeting Wednesday there are 70 students enrolled in grades pre-K through 7th for the next school year.

“They are busting out of their seams,” says EDA board member Brad Wolf.

Once Southern Plains Education Cooperative moves to Fairmont after next year, what will happen to the former Winnebago Elementary School?

“Can we put Genesis in there,?” Wolf asked Ziegler.

EDA board member Doug Hill says Genesis using the elementary school is an interesting idea.

“It’s a viable project, but it doesn’t pay to speculate,” says Hill.

EDA board members agree that having a school in the city is an economic issue and they may have to decide if financial assistance should be provided.

The private non-denominational Christian school is located in the north end of the Heartland Senior Living facility.

Heartland officials are planning a $3 million expansion at the care center on the west side that will include 12 assisted-living units, office space and a community room.

In the past, they have said their plans are to keep the school at the facility because of the benefits from the interaction between the students and residents.

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