Narnia Elementary school is currently renting the smaller of two school buildings located on the premises of an elementary school campus. Narnia shares its building with a library and music school, both of which are great assets to the students who attend Narnia. However, the number of students has now outgrown the space we are renting and finding room for the incoming first grade class for the 2012-2013 school year has become a great difficulty and challenge.
The elementary school currently housing the main building on the campus grounds has had declining enrollment every year for the last decade. As a result, the city council voted to shut the school down at the end of the 2011-2012 school year; they are now in the process of trying to sell the campus. This is both a positive and negative for Narnia.
The sale gives the school an opportunity to purchase a well-established campus to stabilize the school. It also ensures the room to develop a junior high school. The campus is conveniently located within walking distance of the city center, and is easily accessible by public transportation from anywhere in the city. The campus itself houses the main school building, the smaller building Narnia currently rents, a gymnasium, a multi-purpose sports field and a free-standing cafeteria building as well as a smaller field ideal for playground equipment.
The downside of the sale is that the city council has appraised the value of the property for more than 2 million US dollars, which is a large investment for approximately nineteen thousand yards and buildings dating back to the 1960s that are in need of updated improvements. However, because the campus location and the space are ideal, Narnia’s school board has been in the process of negotiations with both the city council and the congregation of Cirkev Bratska (Evengelical Free Church), whose pastor and his wife founded the school back in 2006, to purchase the property; they have also been actively pursuing resources to help with the purchase of the campus as Cirkev Bratska is unable to pay the entire purchase of sale on its own.
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