120 Days To Vacate

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

As the North Boone School District explores a referendum, one group of voters has already made up their mind. To members of the Solid Rock Community Church in Poplar Grove a November referendum is “dooms day.” If the referendum passes the district would have enough money to tear down Rock Church.

The building has been in the community since 1877. Two years ago the district acquired the building and leased it to Solid Rock Community Church for a dollar a year. Church members took on all the expenses and had expected to remain at that location for 3 years or longer. In April, the district exercised a clause in the lease and gave the church 120 days to vacate. Now about 80 members of the church have an uncertain future and fear where the youth will go in order to stay out of trouble.

Noel Moody grew up at the church, “All the kids are going there and getting help. They're not just church kids they're community kids."

Pastor David Gardner with Solid Rock Community Church says, “They decided to do something radical with the kids and get them off the streets and into an environment that's family friendly and more peer friendly."

Church members want to purchase the building but the district has plans to expand poplar grove elementary school's parking lot. Old Rock Community Church has some sites in mind since they need to move out by August. Church members are also looking into how the building could get landmark status.

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