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Fundraising for Decatur Heritage campus under way

By Evan Belanger 340-2442

Plans are moving forward toward building a new campus for Decatur Heritage Christian Academy.

According to Headmaster Scott Mayo, a fundraising effort began Tuesday. He said the goal is between $4 million and $10 million.

"We are just starting in on the front end of this," he said. "This will probably be a 10-month process from start to finish with this being month one."

To help with the campaign, Mayo said, the school is consulting with Auburn-based J.F. Smith Group, which conducted the feasibility study for building the campus.

According to Mayo, the campus will be on 36 acres on Spring Avenue Southwest.

The school is currently on Sandlin Road.

Depending on how much money is raised, Mayo said, the campus may be built in stages, moving different grade levels to the new location gradually.

The campus is expected to include about 30 classrooms, a gymnasium, a library and computer and science labs. It is also expected to include multiple athletic fields.

According to Mayo, upon completion, the school will have room for about 500 students. It already has about 350 students.

Portable buildings house students at the current site.

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