Fredericksburg Christian's Stafford Campus

Fredericksburg Christian School opened an elementary campus off State Route 610 in North Stafford in 2004.

Stafford County Public Schools recently purchased a former Christian school off Garrisonville Road for $7.2 million.

The School Board hopes to reopen the 39,000-square-foot facility next summer, and a committee is recommending that it be called the North Star Early Childhood Center. Head Start students from North Stafford and 3- and-4-year-olds with disabilities will attend the 20-classroom school. The Early Childhood Special Education Program for the preschoolers with disabilities meets in various elementary schools, and moving them to a single facility would free a significant amount of classroom space, according to school officials.

The School Board purchased the facility on 101 Shepherds Way from Fredericksburg Christian School, which closed the 21-acre campus last year because of a lack of demand. Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, which negotiated the deal on behalf of Fredericksburg Christian, announced the sale in a press release this week.

The Board of Supervisors allocated money for the purchase in September after the School Board promised to redraw elementary school attendance zones by next summer to address over- and under-crowded schools. In October, the School Board voted to hire Herndon-based ARC Bridge Consulting and Training to come up with redistricting proposals. The School Board must approve any changes.

Supervisors are scheduled to appropriate $2.5 million for renovations to the former Christian school at a meeting Dec. 11. The school system hopes to award a contract for the renovations in February and open the facility in July.

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Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402