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Christian school in central city to close in the fall

A longtime central-city Christian school will close in the fall, and the sale of the building to a Michigan charter school company is being negotiated.

First Church of God Christian School, 2436 Parkwood Ave., fell victim to the high cost of education, First Church Pastor Robert Culp said yesterday.

The building once housed St. Angela Hall Catholic school, which closed in 1991 for similar reasons.

The church is negotiating to sell the school building to Charter School Administration Services, Inc., of Southfield, Mich., which manages the Academy of Business and Technology charter school, near Detroit Avenue and Dorr Street.

The Academy of Business and Technology wants to expand into the space, which has up-to-date classrooms, a computer lab, and a gymnasium, Mr. Culp said.

Mr. Culp is chairman of the charter school's governing board, which contracts with Charter School Administration Services to manage the school. His wife, Maggie Culp, is the principal of the charter school.

The Christian school opened as a day-care center 27 years ago.

Mr. Culp said he hopes to reopen a Christian school in three years in conjunction with other Protestant Christian schools in Toledo. The day-care center will reopen after one year in another location.

“The overall costs have been difficult for Christian schools to be able to maintain and make them available. We don't want our school to become a special school for only those who can afford it,” Mr. Culp said. “Our hope is that we will hook up with other Christian schools. Our goal is that there will be one Christian school system.”

Janet Orr, principal of First Church of God Christian School, said yesterday that the school did not reach its enrollment goal of 170 pupils last year, which forced the school to raise tuition to $2,500. The school had 125 pupils, after previously having 200.

St. Angela Hall, run by the Ursuline Sisters, closed in 1991 when enrollment dwindled to 106. The order constructed the Parkwood building in 1929.

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