First Posted: 1/15/2009
LUMBERTON -- Southeastern Academy has received $800,000 in federal loan and grant money to make improvements at the school.
Rep. Mike McIntyre announced the award from the United State Department of Agriculture Rural Development last week.
“This is great news for Southeastern Academy,” McIntyre said. “Improved and modern facilities are an integral part of our children's educational experience and these funds will help in that regard.”
The school will receive a $791,000 low-interest low, and a $9,000 grant. The money will be used for to build a library, science and computer labs and gymnasium and for renovations at the school.
Work is expected to begin within 90 days, said Eddie Musselwhite, president of the nonprofit corporation that runs the school. No date has been set for when the work would be completed.
“This will be a tremendous help to Southeastern Academy and assure that the school will be here for the community for years to come,” he said. “It also helps us better meet the needs of students. We are thankful to Rural Development and Congressman McIntyre for their hard work.”
There are 115 students at the private school. It located on N.C. 41, about six miles north of Lumberton.