Heritage Academy moving into old Houghton School

By: Laurie Ott Email
By: Laurie Ott Email

January 16, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---It's been six years since the old Houghton School was abandoned, but soon its historic halls will be filled with children once again.

"We will return to the area we meant to serve from the beginning," Heritage Academy Director Linda Tucciarone told News 12.

Heritage Academy is buying the old Houghton School from businessman Clay Boardman at his cost. They will be restoring it to become their permanent home.

"Heritage Academy is a quality and Christ-centered school, with diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, and our mission is to the children from low income families," Tucciarone said.

The school is not letting outside obstacles keep their students from learning.

"Our scores--we're outperforming the national average and the county on standardized tests," Tucciarone said. "But it's not just our academic success. It's also about spiritual and character development."

That's evident in the student proclamation: "I will strive for excellence. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I will work to achieve. I am the light of the world. I have something to offer."

The school also announced its capital campaign. They already have $1.7 million committed of the $2.5 million they need.

They currently have 80 students and hope to have 200 in 2 years.

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