The former LaPlatte Elementary School building is a school once more.
Cornerstone Christian School signed a five-year lease to use the building for sixth through 12th grades, which was approved by the Springfield Platteview Community Schools Board of Education at its Oct. 14 meeting.
The lease lasts until Oct. 31, 2018.
Both Springfield Platteview and Cornerstone Christian are pleased with the deal to lease the building at 16405 Clay St.
Springfield Platteview closed the LaPlatte building in 2000. Peru State College leased the space for a while but moved out in October 2012.
Teri Lynn Schrag, the administrator of Cornerstone, said that having a more independent campus will offer room to enroll more students, as well as giving the school more freedom in scheduling athletics and activities.
“It will allow us to schedule and coordinate things in a different fashion, since we won't be overlapping with another facility,” Schrag said.
Cornerstone currently shares its middle- and high-school campus with Bellevue Christian Center in the space that used to house the Bellevue Christian Academy.
The school's elementary students are housed in Thanksgiving! Lutheran Church and will remain there until Cornerstone acquires its own building.
Schrag said the goal for the school is to eventually move all grade levels into one building. She said the school is excited for the five-year lease.
“We are actively looking for land,” she said. “It takes time to find and purchase land and then to plan and build.”
Springfield Platteview Superintendent Brett Richards said the deal is a win-win.
“We're able to have the building occupied by somebody that's going to use it as a school as it was intended,” Richards said. “We're also able to keep the building up without spending district dollars to do that.”
Cornerstone will pay $6,600 per year to rent the facility. The school district is responsible for maintaining the roof, foundation and load-bearing walls of the LaPlatte building and plans to invest $43,943 to get the building ready for its new tenant.
The cost for other repairs and updates to the building will fall on Cornerstone. The lease specifies that the tenant will maintain, repair or replace all windows and doors, as well as maintaining the interior of the premises, the parking lot and all landscaping areas.
“We're investing in some of the things that we need to do to have a tenant in that building, but they're putting in the majority of the amount to get it ready,” Richards said. “This allows us to have a tenant in the building with us spending a limited amount of money.”
Schrag said Cornerstone is already working with a subcontractor and choosing paint for their new building.
“We plan to subdivide the rooms and put in new paint, carpet, furniture, gym flooring and lockers,” she said.
The school hopes to finish renovations in December and have the building ready to move into for the new semester in January.
“The students are very excited,” Schrag said, “SPCS has been wonderful to work with. That partnership is a blessing.”