One of Macon's oldest private Christian schools will close its doors this May after nearly 40 years in operation.
Gilead Christian Academy's closing comes from a decline in student enrollment and a funding shortfall, pastor J. Craig Holmes said in a statement today.
Gilead Baptist Church announced on its Web site that church members voted March 30 to close the school, which caters 145 students in grades k-12.
"After 39 years of providing a quality Christian education to Macon and the middle-Georgia area, Gilead Baptist Church voted... to close Gilead Christian Academy at the end of the school year in May." The last day of student activities will be May 23.
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"In light of over a decade of declining enrollment and shortage of operating funds, the members of the Gilead Baptist Church have prayfully decided it is necessary to close this ministry of their church," Holmes said in a statement.
The school opened as the Macon Christian Academy in Sept. 1968. It was among a hand full of church-operated schools opened in Macon at that time. Then more than 130 students enrolled.
Other schools opened at that time include St. Peter Claver, St. Joseph's and Mount de Sales Academy Catholic schools and a school on Wimbish Road operated by the Seventh-Day Adventists, which is now closed.
To read more on this story see Tuesday's The Telegraph.