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Denton Calvary set to expand campus

The Denton Calvary Academy may have an  addition on campus to kick off the 2017-18 school year.

The city's Planning and Zoning Committee recommended the approval of a specific use permit for roughly 13 acres of Denton Bible Church, 2300 E. University Drive, during its meeting Wednesday night. If the item is approved by the City Council, Denton Calvary plans to close a deal in May with Denton Bible Church for the purchase of one of the church's existing buildings, principal Stacey Baxter said.

The Denton private school serves about 300 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and has been renting its current facility at 1910 E. University Drive from Denton Bible Church for 18 years. Baxter said the school has seen enrollment increase by 20 to 25 percent each year over the past seven years.

"We've just outgrown our current facility," she said. "It's like we're an adult now. We're moving out of Mom and Dad's house. We'll be paying a mortgage."

Though the school will still continue to use its current 15,000-square-foot campus, the new building, dubbed the Arts and Athletic Recreation Complex, will add 34,145 square feet to the school's footprint.

The center will include a gymnasium, fine arts stage, choir and band hall, cafeteria and more classroom space. Renovations are expected to begin next month with a projected opening before school starts in August.

Denton Calvary isn't the only local private school shifting locations. Selwyn School moved in March to its new 10-acre property at 2270 Copper Canyon Road in Argyle. The school was at 3333 W. University Drive in Denton, where it had been since 1961.

CAITLYN JONES can be reached at 940-566-6862.

Featured photo: An aerial photograph shows the space where Denton Calvary Academy is looking to expand. To the left of the parking lot sits the private school's current campus. Administrators say they plan to purchase the building to the right of the parking lot and convert it into an Arts and Athletic Recreation Complex.
Photo courtesy NTX Aerial Photography