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June 10--  Vidalia's private Christian school is growing and adding new facilities to accomodate new students.

Vidalia Heritage Academy Headmaster Jeff McCormick says the school is paying $200,000 for the old Murchison property at the corner of Durden and Second Streets.

"We're going to move all of our middle and high school operations down there.  It's an acre-and-a-half and the building is 8,400 square feet.  There will be seven new classrooms down there, a chapel area and cafeteria area as well," he says.

McCormick says the school is spending about $125,000 on building renovations and he expects the work to be done in time for school to start in August.

Vidalia Heritage Academy has an enrollment of 220 students.  

The headmaster says the school has adopted stringent graduation requirements and is adding advanced placement classes to prepare students for college.

"We believe we have the strongest graduation requirements of any school in Southeast Georgia.  Now in public high school students need 23 credits to graduate, here you have to have at least 28 and seven of those must be AP or dual enrollment classes," he notes.

Future plans call for the construction of a gymnasium on the rear parking lot of the new property.