LIMA — Lima’s Town Square will soon be adding its youngest group of residents.
Golden Bridge Academy announced Friday that it will be moving from its current location on West Market Street to Town Square adjacent to ArtSpace/Lima’s location for the upcoming school year.
Kendra Gottschalk, interim principal of the elementary charter school, explained that the move is mostly a timely opportunity with the school’s changing of hands, but its new location could give the school access to several new possibilities.
Last year was Gottschalk’s first year with the school as she begins to take over for director Karen Beard.
“When you transfer a charter to a new entity, you’re bound by lots of inspections. We knew with COVID season, those inspections would be even more stringent,” Gottschalk explained. “There’s not anything wrong with the old building, it’s just an old building and that can come with a lot more surprises. UNOH had just moved out of this location (71 Town Square) and had totally revamped the space.”
With the space for sale, Gottschalk said she knew it was unattainable. However, after working with real estate agent Maria Sanko to look at other possible rentals, Sanko Investments LLC decided to purchase the building and lease it out to the school.
“It wasn’t that we didn’t want to be in that building, we just had the potential of all of these people in downtown Lima investing in us, so we thought, ‘We can do this,’” Gottschalk said.
With the new location, Gottschalk envisions partnering with ArtSpace for art classes, Veterans Memorial Civic Center for theater exposure and the YMCA for physical education classes.
“One of the biggest things about being centrally located in downtown is building partnerships and letting the students build those partnerships. They will be the future of Lima, this is their downtown and we want them to see that and understand how those partnerships work. I get goosebumps just thinking about it,” she said. “When we thought about bringing the school downtown, people were wondering if it was right to have kids downtown but they’ve all been so receptive to having them. I love how Lima has stepped up to show the kids they are not only welcome, but they are wanted there.”
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