Temple Christian buys Lima Manor property

LIMA — Temple Christian Schools are experiencing both growth and expansion. Monday the school bought the Lima Manor property at 750 Brower Road for $600,000 to accommodate its growth and expansion.

Initial plans are to renovate the former nursing home to hold the preschool. Renovating a nursing home into a preschool involves converting a building originally designed for the care of older adults into a building that is suitable for young children.

This process typically involves changes to the interior and exterior of the building to make it safe and appropriate for young children, including modifications to the layout, flooring, lighting and safety features. It may also include the addition of new classrooms, restrooms, play areas and other facilities specifically designed for preschool-age children.

The objective of such a renovation is to create a safe, nurturing and educational environment for young children to learn and play in. Work may include installing modern technologies, upgrading the heating and cooling systems, improving accessibility and constructing additional facilities such as a library, auditorium or gymnasium.

The objective is usually to enhance the learning environment, accommodate a growing student population and provide better facilities for students and staff. The initial renovations will have the daycare and preschool opening first. Then the elementary school and offices will be added at a later date.

Inital plans are for the preschool to open possibly as soon as the end of summer 2023, with the elementary school to follow as early as 2024.

The Temple Christian school board has agreed to a short term loan so that renovation work can begin immediately. The school has raised $785,000 of the anticipated $1.7 million needed to renovate the structure with $500,000 raised in less than two months.

Established in 1976, Temple is a PreK-12 Educational Community offering a Christian education. In 2007 Temple was the first area school to implement a “one to one” program providing a laptop computer to all high school students, and has expanded that program to include middle school and elementary.

The next capital campaign meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 6th, 2023 at 6 p.m. in the middle school and high school cafeteria.

Reach Dean Brown at 567-242-0409

Dean Brown joined The Lima News in 2022 as a reporter. Prior to The Lima News, Brown was an English teacher in Allen County for 38 years, with stops at Perry, Shawnee, Spencerville and Heir Force Community School. So they figured he could throw a few sentences together about education and business in the area. An award-winning photographer, Brown likes watching old black and white movies, his dog, his wife and kids, and the four grandkids - not necessarily in that order. Reach him at [email protected] or 567-242-0409.