Good news! If you haven’t already heard: Thanks to Our Lady’s generosity and that of so many donors, the property next door will be added to the Academy.
As mentioned previously, it was auctioned off last Saturday (Jan. 25). There was hardly anyone else there, among them only one or two other bidders.The auctioneer just could not get others to go beyond the reserve price so the owner offered to make an agreement with the highest bidder (us!). The lawyer present informed us that the owner could not go below a certain price and that price was the highest amount we could offer, exactly the amount raised!
This was obviously to us a sign from Our Lady that the purchase was meant to be.
The purchase will be made final once the Amish family is ready to leave in late February.
Again, here are the reasons it is such a benefit for the Academy: firstly, it has a field that is much better than the one currently used for a game field; secondly, it provides more storage currently lacking; thirdly, indispensable office space can now be provided for staff members; and lastly, lodging nearby for the fathers during summer camps is made possible. This is a real smile from Our Lady.
Late last year we had the property appraised, and the appraisal was more than $210,000.The deal was for much less.
The Staff and Students offer a heartfelt thanks to all those who donated.
Once the deal is sealed, there is still work to be done on the land to prepare the game field and fix up the house, which is in decent shape but with needed improvements, such as heating. The Amish used a wood stove; not our preferred heating system.
May Our Lady reward those who have donated and who now will donate for the needed work and furnishings.
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St. Louis de Montfort Academy
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