Lake Erie College reacquires school building after 17 years
After selling the Phillips-Osborne School 17 years ago, Lake Erie College has reacquired the property now known as the Andrews Osborne Academy.
Philips-Osborne School was originally founded by the College in 1972 as The Phillips School and was later sold, along with Ritchie Gym, in 1990. The school was renamed Phillips-Osborne School until 2007 when the institution merged with The Andrews School in Willoughby, Ohio, and was renamed Andrews Osborne Academy (AOA).
With this reacquisition, the overall size of the Lake Erie College Painesville campus will be increased to 60 acres and the buildings will add approximately 25 new classrooms and much needed office space.
“The reacquisition of Phillips and Ritchie happen at the perfect time for us,” said Lake Erie College President Michael T. Victor. “With the increase in enrollment, classroom space is tight. These buildings will give us the extra space we need.”
All AOA classes for next fall will be housed on the Willoughby campus, allowing the College to take possession of the buildings July 1, 2008.
“Like Lake Erie College, we are in a period of increased opportunities for our students,” said David N. Rath, Ed.D., head of AOA, Willoughby campus. “As Lake County’s only coeducational independent, preschool through grade 12 institution, we look forward to this campus consolidation to accomplish our strategic goals.”