Grace Chris­tian Academy re­ceives one-year lease ex­ten­sion

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

A lo­cal pri­vate Chris­tian school was look­ing for help, and they found some.

New­ton Federal Bank granted Grace Chris­tian Academy an ex­tended lease to give the school lo­cated on I-20 next to Walker Trans­mis­sion in Cov­ing­ton more time to se­cure fund­ing to buy the property.

The school was in need of $50,000 by July 31 to buy the seven acres it sits on af­ter the pre­vi­ous owner went into fore­clo­sure.

New­ton Federal gained own­er­ship of the property on June 4, 2013, ac­cord­ing to the New­ton County Tax As­ses­sor’s Of­fice. Tim Allen, GCA prin­ci­pal, said it would cost more to move lo­ca­tions, and that would most likely re­sult in an­other lease.

As of July 1, the school’s fund- rais­ing web­site, SaveOurGrace.com, had raised only $12,208 of the to­tal goal.

“All we need is 2,000 people giv­ing $25 and it’s there, we’re done,” said Allen in an ini­tial story on GCA’s fundrais­ing needs in The News. “We just want to get the word out to as many people as we can.”

En­roll­ment was al­ready filled when Allen and his fa­ther Thom Allen – founder and ad­min­is­tra­tor of GCA – no­ti­fied par­ents of the school’s sit­u­a­tion, and clos­ing the school for good was never an op­tion. Last year, the fully ac­cred­ited K-12 school taught 75 stu­dents.

“It’s at an ideal lo­ca­tion away from the road, which is a pri­or­ity for the safety of the chil­dren,” Thom Allen said.

GCA has al­ready re­ceived money from as far as Wash­ing­ton, Texas, North Carolina and Cal­i­for­nia.

Al­though the Allen fam­ily and their stu­dents have gained some breath­ing room, they still need help from their com­mu­nity to make it past this school year. To make a do­na­tion, go to SaveOurGrace.com, or mail con­tri­bu­tions to 1705 Ac­cess Road, Cov­ing­ton, GA 30014.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

File photo—Con­gress­woman Cathy McMor­ris Rodgers, with Prin­ci­pal Tim Allen, stands with the stu­dents of Grace Chris­tian Academy.

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