LLCA moves forward with building plans

Jan. 24, 2014 @ 04:53 AM

The Lake Lure Classical Academy (LLCA) Board is moving forward with plans to build a new school.

The new K-12 facility will be located off N.C. 9 across from Ingles on town-owned property.

At the January LLCA board meeting, the members authorized the use of $35,000 for immediate tasks required to get the project through design and permitting and to shovel-ready status. 

With completed site designs and permits in hand, construction can immediately begin when funds become available. Upon completion, the phase one build-out of the new campus will support grades K-12 with two sections per grade, and accommodate a maximum of 676 students.

"We are looking forward to giving Lake Lure Classical Academy a permanent home," School Director Jessica Boland said.

The 49,985 square foot educational facility will include 37 classrooms complete with art, music and science labs and separate wings for lower, middle and upper grades. Additional features include a single entry point for the entire school and secured outdoor green and playground areas.

The campus will also have an 18,000 square foot, pre-engineered steel gymnasium/auditorium structure with high-school sized gymnasium, wooden floor, raised stage with lighting and sound equipment and stadium seating.

"It's going to be beautiful and we are really thankful we are going to have a gym," Boland said.

The $35,000 is part of a $150,000 short-term credit line from the Lake Lure Community Education Foundation (LLCEF), a local nonprofit working to raise funds for the school through the "Raise the Roof for LLCA" program. Those funds will later be converted to become part of the school's reserve funds for the bond, and then turn into a donation for capital expenses when the reserve is no longer needed. The foundation is also in the process of hiring a development director to expedite reaching fundraising goals for both the foundation and LLCA.

"The students are definitely excited," Boland said. "Our current sophomores will be our seniors that year so they will be able to walk across the stage on their own campus. That will be phenomenal."

Last August the Lake Lure Town Council gave the school approval to borrow up to $9 million for the construction of a new school building. The money will be loaned to the school by a Wisconsin financial agency.

For more information about LLCEF's "Raise the Roof" campaign visit www.lakelurelearning.org.