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Jun 5, 2012 6:23 PM by Jenise Fernandez

John Paul the Great Academy Trying to Secure Funding to Buy Property

The clock is ticking for John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette to find the money to buy the property they call home. The deadline is just three weeks away. When the academy moved to the 40-acre campus on Carmel Drive, it was understood between the property owner and the school that the school would purchase the property once the lease was up. The De La Salle Christian Brothers own the property.

"We thought we had all that sewn out by mid-May, obviously that fell apart, but they've given us another chance, probably one last crack," said Headmaster Kevin Roberts.

Roberts won't say how much the property is, the brothers don't know, and their lawyer is unavailable. Roberts says private donors and the community have been helping.

"I'm a straight-forward guy and when I wasn't confident I said it, but the way it is now, I'm confident," said Roberts.

Paying for the property isn't the only concern for the school. Last summer, major renovations ended up costing more than expected.

"That was a quarter of million dollars that we incurred last summer and we've been playing catch up ever since," Roberts added.

The school started a separate campaign to raise $350,000 to cover renovation costs. So far, they've raised $200,000.

"Using social media and the internet, we've received donations from 26 states and several countries, " said Roberts.

Roberts is hopeful they can raise enough to stay put..

"The silver lining in this experience has been that it looks like we won't only get the property purchased, but also be able to eradicate that debt," he added.

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