Pierre group hoping to start private K-8 Christian school in public elementary that's closing

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PIERRE, South Dakota — A group in Pierre hopes to turn a public elementary school that is scheduled to close this spring into a private Christian school that will open in the fall.

The people who bought Washington elementary for $351,000 say they believe they were called by God to start the faith-based K-8 school.

"We want to be competitive with other schools, in a humble way," said Julie Bauer, a member of the For His Glory school board.

The public school district is closing two elementary schools and building a new one. That presented an opportunity the group couldn't refuse, Board President Rick Bauer said. About 125 people showed up Sunday to a public meeting organized by For His Glory.

Roseanna Ogan told the Capital Journal that she plans to enroll her 3-year-old son at the new school.

"He will love it," she said.

School organizers have started accepting applications from prospective families and will soon start searching for teachers. The school's colors will be black, red and white, and its nickname will be Ambassadors.

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