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December 6--  Classes started this week in the new Upper School building at Vidalia Heritage Academy and the official ribbon-cutting was held Thursday morning.

{mosimage}The school has invested $360,000 to buy and renovate the former Murchison Funeral Home facility at the corner of Durden and Second Streets.

"It's been a long time coming.  We had a few issues with the building once we got it, but this has been a phenomenal thing for our students.  Just to watch them and what they're doing in this new setting and what it means to us and the future of Vidalia and Toombs County and the surrounding area is just incredible when you think about it," says Headmaster Jeff McCormick.

The Upper School has 50 students in grades six through ten with a capacity for 120 more.

McCormick says there's a waiting list for next year and plans for more growth.

"We're expanding.  'Time for Tots' which has been at First Baptist Church now is consolidating with us and we'll be offering a full pre-school ministry beginning with the 2014-15 school year.  We're also adding additional athletics and we're looking at some athletic facilities now that we hope to either purchase or build," he said.