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German School Votes To Demolish Historic Church In Minnesota

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Kyle Perisic Contributor

The Twin Cities German Immersion School Board voted 6-1 in favor of demolishing a historic church and building a new wing of the school in St. Paul, Minnesota, Monday.

The school board voted to add the new wing to accommodate for growing class sizes, but opponents to the decision say they didn’t consider all possibilities.

Save Historic St. Andrew’s, a group to preserve the building, says it will continue its fight to preserve the church, which was built in 1927, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Tuesday.

The local Catholic Church was decommissioned in 2010. The German Immersion School moved into the church in 2013. (RELATED: WaPo Opinion Writer Says Catholic Church Has A Gay Priest Problem)

The group will “continue on doing what we think is right,” one group member, Anna Mosser, said according to the Pioneer Press.

“I respect that [the school board feels] they’re doing what’s best for the school, but I feel like their vision of what’s best for the school is very rigid. They haven’t really considered all the options,” Mosser said.

However, the Twin Cities German Immersion School Board chair and father of two students, Sam Walling, said otherwise. The board considered purchasing another site, the Central Lutheran School, located about a mile away.

Walling said it posed “an unacceptable amount of risk,” because it increased annual operating costs by around $170,000.

It was an “extremely difficult” decision to demolish St. Andrew’s Church for board members to make, Walling said. “We needed to approach it from the perspective of what’s really best for our families and for our staff,” he added.

The school hopes to open the new wing in January 2020.

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