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Church submits high bid for former Wichita school

Published on -8/1/2012, 9:34 AM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A church in need of a permanent home has submitted the winning bid for a former elementary school in Wichita.

The 21,000-square-foot Booth Elementary School has been used for storage since students were moved to a nearby school in 2003.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/Qc3Vp3) that a nondenominational Christian church called Hope International Fellowship submitted a winning bid of $83,000 for Booth Elementary during an auction Tuesday. The Wichita school board must approve the sale.

Hope International has about 70 to 100 members who've been meeting for years in a school gymnasium rented from the Wichita district. Senior pastor Ed Belsan says he's thrilled with the prospect of moving into a permanent home.

District officials and neighbors of Booth Elementary also said they were pleased with the sale.

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