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Sussex County Schools Swapping Buildings

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - If your child attends school in Sussex County, get ready for some big changes. A major announcement Friday, revealed plans that could mean a brighter future.

Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown and Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences in Lewes are swapping buildings. SAAS needs more space, and DCHS needs less.

"It's hard news because we do love the facility that we're in now, but I think for the most part parents and students understand that the school is much more than the building it's going be in," said DCHS Principal, Mike Vonhof.

TJ Magee is a Senior at DCHS, and while she won't be there for the change, she says her brothers who are incoming freshman are embracing it.

"It's exciting. Change is difficult but oftentimes when change occurs we have the most growth, so I'm really excited to see what growth God brings to our school," she said.

Not to mention, there's tuition money that parents will save.

"We'll receive an endowment from them because we're giving up a larger building, which will enable us to lower tuition," said President of DCHS' School Board, Marlene Brown.

SAAS has plans to expand into a high school, and increase their student body size to nearly 800 by 2016. The project will cost approximately $15 million dollars.

The break down of phase one is displayed here:

Phase 1 Costs of Acquisition and Renovation

Initial payment of building purchase: $6,600,000.

Building Build-out expenses: $1,500,000.

Repayment of SAAS Mortgage: $1,600,000.

Total: $9,700,000

Less Borrowed Funds: ($5,800,000).

Donations needed by June 15, 2013: $3,900,000.

However, it all boils down to more than $9 million in donations, they're hoping to receive in from supporters.

Officials at DCHS say that the switch will give them more outdoor space for athletics, and they also plan to build a large gym for the students. We'll continue to update you on both schools' progress.

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