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Plans for Christian high school off the table

Posted: March 13, 2008 1:18 a.m.
Updated: May 14, 2008 5:03 a.m.
Plans for a new local Christian high school with all the amenities - including athletic fields and a performing arts center - have been placed on hold for now, according to Tim Borruel, superintendent and founder of Legacy Christian Academy in Valencia.

A merger between Legacy Christian, which currently serves kindergarten through sixth grade, and Village Christian Schools of Sun Valley, has been tabled. The merger, and the purchase of Legacy Christian by Village Christian, would have set in motion the expansion of Legacy to include junior high students and the eventual construction of a state-of-the-art high school.

"Over the course of the past two years, however, it became clear that the merger involves a myriad of factors that need to be carefully considered," Borruel said. "I have decided to table the plans for a merger and keep Legacy a separate, independent entity at this time."

Borruel said the expansion of Legacy Christian to include junior high grades will still take place, but instead of building a second story onto the existing campus, the school will utilize space that is adjacent to the campus. "We're going to add seventh and eighth grade next year here in our current facilities," he said. "It looks like it's going to work out perfectly."

Building a Christian high school in Santa Clarita has been a personal goal for Borruel for many years, and he said he is disappointed that it has not worked out at this time. But he realizes that many schools are currently being forced to make cuts, and he is still in communication with Village Christian about a potential merger sometime after the next two years.

"We're still looking at that merger, or some other plan that will allow us to expand," he said. "A high school campus gets into the real, real large dollars, so that's why it's so hard to make that happen."

Borruel is still convinced that building a Christian high school in the Santa Clarita Valley is a worthy goal and that it can be done, he said.


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