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Lutheran school to add space

With a new building coming their way, the 210 students enrolled in First Lutheran School next year won't be sharing space for much longer.

A $420,000 addition to the campus has been approved. It will contain a library, a computer room, a music room and three classrooms, said school principal William Unverfehrt.

"We have more students enrolled for next year than we've ever had before," Unverfehrt said.

First Lutheran Church and its school are at 1644 Nursery Road. The school began in 1975 as a day school and has expanded to include preschool through eighth grade, said Unverfehrt. In 1991, 125 students were enrolled and the numbers have almost doubled over the past two years, he said.

"This new addition will allow our enrollment to reach 275. We've just been loaded with requests this year and we've had to turn some people away," he said. "It's amazing how many people are coming in looking for a Christian education."

Currently, the seventh- and eighth-grade classes have to double up because there are only nine teachers and not enough classrooms, he said. The new addition will allow the school to have one classroom per grade.

"What used to be our library is now a classroom and what used to be a computer room is now a classroom, so as you can see, we really need this extra space."

The building is scheduled for completion in the summer of 1994 and money will be raised by the church through donations, individual contributions and increased tuition. This year tuition was $850 for members of the congregation and $1,800 for non-members. Both will be increased by $70, Unverfehrt said.

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