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Students united under one roof as HCA finishes completion

Students of Hope Christian Academy in Dickinson will walk into a newly updated school on Sept. 6. Approximately 120 students from kindergarten through high school will all be housed under the same roof for the first time since construction began ...

The finishing touches are going into Hope Christian Academy before students and teachers start the school year on Sept. 6 (Press Photo by Kalsey Stults)
The finishing touches are going into Hope Christian Academy before students and teachers start the school year on Sept. 6 (Press Photo by Kalsey Stults)

Students of Hope Christian Academy in Dickinson will walk into a newly updated school on Sept. 6.

Approximately 120 students from kindergarten through high school will all be housed under the same roof for the first time since construction began in March 2013.

The 27,000-square-foot update cost around $4 million and was paid for through donations and fundraisers.

"One of the amazing things is that it's completely paid for," school administrator Shane Bradley said. "It's a great thing to know that it's done and it's paid for."

While there are a few odds and ends still in the process of being finished before students and teachers start rolling in the doors, Bradley said everything will be completed shortly.

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"The kitchen is all prepped and ready to go," he said. "It just needs to have the dishwasher installed and things like that."

During construction, students were using classrooms in the old building, the new building and the portable classrooms.

Bradley said the teachers are also excited to begin making their classroom their own.

"A couple of teachers have been in portables for some years now," he said.

The main floor will have K-3 student classrooms, an expanded kitchen and a new gymnasium. The upstairs will have classrooms for grades 4-12.

The 2016-17 school year will also feature HCA's second graduating class.

Bradley said they tried to make the best school they could while keeping the updates cost effective.

"We are so grateful to the many that partnered with us," he said.

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