Students will once again learn at what is currently an abandoned elementary school in the Sumner-Orting area.
Cascade Christian Schools have purchased the former McAlder Elementary School from the Sumner School District and plans to open it for instruction next fall. The school is located on 96th Street East near state Route 162.
“This is the fulfillment of a vision,” Cascade Christian Superintendent Don Johnson said.
Sumner closed the school following the 2010-11 academic year, and the two districts signed the purchase papers last month. The agreement was for $795,000, Johnson said.
The superintendent said the school sits on 10 acres and includes 36,000 square feet of floor space. The facility includes 18 classrooms and is estimated to have a capacity of 400 students, he said.
“We are very excited about this,” Johnson said.
Funds from a 2009 capital campaign were used to purchase the school.
Cascade Christian Schools plan to open the building next fall with child care, preschool and kindergarten classes. The school district then plans to add additional grades and classes in accordance with demand, Johnson said. Various activities, such as athletics and an extended school program, are being considered.
“We first have to clean and scrub her and make it new,” Johnson said.
Cascade has three elementary schools: Puyallup, Tacoma and one near Frederickson. All are located in church buildings leased to the district.
This will be the first elementary school housed in a traditional school building.
“It is pretty exciting,” Johnson said. “This is not only a fulfillment of a vision, but it also launches us into the future.”Tom McCrady is a freelance reporter for the Herald.