Work ahead of pace at Arise Academy in Fairmont

22 Jun 2019

FAIRMONT — Southern Plains Education Cooperative is making the move from its current home in Winnebago to Fairmont. It is going to be located in the former Lincoln School.

The co-op is a joint powers organization that provides special education and alternative learning programs to five area school districts: Blue Earth Area, Fairmont Area, Granada-Huntley-East Chain, Martin County West and United South Central.

The location change is due to the fact that the Winnebago site required extensive maintenance. The facilities committee recommended buying the former Lincoln School building, renovating it and adding on to accommodate all the programs the school offers.

The new school, which will be called Arise Academy, will be home to 80 students. Construction and renovations on the building in Fairmont began in January. While the project was expected to be completed in October, with students switching over to the new building after MEA break, they will actually move in sooner, despite all the snow and rain over the past six months.

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