LIMA — Temple Christian School has been at its Brower Road location for 42 years. That could soon change as Lima Baptist Temple, the church that started the school, voted in March of last year to separate from the school.
They cite the probable expenditure of hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain the buildings the school currently occupies.
“We can’t continue, financially, to do it and so the church does come first. They couldn’t afford to do it. We couldn’t afford to do it. The school really is a ministry of the church but the ministry got to the point that we couldn’t pay for it by ourselves,” said Rev. Al Elmore.
A leaky roof in the back building needs repairing, two air conditioning units need attention and windows on the south wing need to be replaced.
On Tuesday, the school’s board of trustees passed a “letter of intent” to buy an unnamed existing building in Allen County that has the potential to meet their needs.
“We think we’re a couple years away from being able to move into it because there will have to be a capital campaign, but we want to make sure our community and also everyone that attends or sends their kids here to Temple Christian School know we’re serious about the future of Temple Christian School,” said Jason Szuch, chairman of the school board.
Under the separation agreement, approved by 96 percent of the congregation, Temple Christian School and Lima Baptist Temple signed a 5-year lease at one dollar per year so the school can remain in their current location while they move to a new location. The church also donated 31 acres of land across the road from the church to the school. Currently, there are athletic fields on the property but the school could build there if other options fall through.
Some of the structures at the current location that house the middle and high school will be torn down and the church will reclaim space that was used for the elementary school.
They hope to keep the gymnasium around for as long as possible.
Other churches have expressed interest in becoming affiliated with Temple Christian School.
“Instead of just having one church that’s really come behind us and partnered and helped us along the way, we’ve already seen an outpouring of other churches who have come on board and partnered with us and want to be involved in the school,” said Szuch.
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