Private school offers to buy Forest Hill

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Legacy Christian School is hoping Forest Hill Elementary School will soon be its permanent home.

The private Noblesville-based school currently leases space at Noblesville Nazarene Church but has offered Noblesville Schools $330,000 to purchase Forest Hill, which will close after the conclusion of this school year.

Legacy Christian’s School Board Treasurer Chuck Williamson said in a release Tuesday that while Forest Hill is considered out of date by the school district’s standards, it would be an ideal fit for the smaller school.

“The building and grounds at Forest Hills would be a God-given provision for Legacy and we are also pleased to be of some help to the city schools during these difficult economic times,” Williamson said in the release.

A purchase agreement has been presented to the Noblesville school board, though it is not expected to be discussed at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Legacy Christian is currently in what it calls its “Merry Match” fundraising campaign. A donor has offered to give the school $50,000 if it can first raise $20,000 on its own. However, Communications Director Karen Hawkins said there is “no correlation” between this potential donation and the school’s offer to purchase Forest Hill.

Hawkins added that the city of Noblesville has expressed interest in receiving the building from the school district as a gift, but she believes it makes more sense for the district to “sell it outright and bring in some much needed income.”

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