The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

GEA has big plans for big Everly building

Non-profit still planning soft opening this winter


October 15, 2020


The facility has sat empty since June of 2019 after the school board voted to cease offering grades 7-12 due to dwindling enrollment and financial uncertainties.

The new owners of Clay Central/Everly's former 7-12 grade school building plan to give the facility a new purpose in a variety of ways.

Guardian Education and Athletic Services (GEA) outlined their intentions in a business plan submitted to the school board and Everly City Council in July. According to the seven-page document, the firm plans to create a "post-secondary program aimed at athletes who wish to continue their athletic careers while continuing their education."

"What separates GEA from regular community colleges or universities is that many of the students we will work to attract...

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