Chesterton Academy of the Holy Family, a local private high school, will lease the eastern portion of Schiesher Elementary School and the parking lot next to Wilde Field for two (2) years for their High School Program of 100 students. The school will occupy the section of the building in which the roofs and mechanical systems are still functional.
Having a lessee in the Schiesher facility provides the District and Board of Education with more flexibility as they explore options for the future of the building. It should be noted, if Schiesher Elementary was vacant for the next two years, the building would have to be heated in the winter and monitored on a daily basis. This lease agreement will help offset these costs and improve the monitoring and security of the facility. Additionally, the funds received from the lease (approximately $207,000 over the twenty-three (23) month term) will potentially cover costs of options for the building in the future.
The Schiesher playground will still be available for community.