Charter school needs more room

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - New Branches Public School Academy has outgrown its current location and may buy the Millbrook Christian School facility when that school relocates in 2010, according to The Grand Rapids Press.

The 207-student academy, chartered by Central Michigan University, uses portable classrooms at its current location, The Press reported. The school tried unsuccessfully to buy the vacant Kelloggsville Christian School last year, but that building eventually was purchased by charter school operator J.C. Huizenga, who opened Grand Rapids Preparatory Academy at the site, according to the Press.

The Millbrook site purchase price is $1.9 million, Grand Rapids Christian Schools Superintendent Tom DeJonge told The Press. Four Christian schools, including Millbrook, will consolidate into a new school in the fall of 2010, The Press reported. In the meantime, New Branches will lease several classrooms and office space inside the Millbrook facility, the article said.

The Grand Rapids Press, "New Branches charter school seeks to buy Millbrook Christian School when it merges with other Grand Rapids Christian elementaries," March 5, 2009

Michigan Education Report, "Michigan charter schools 'gaining legitimacy' in the marketplace, report says," Feb. 24, 2009