Future of planned Columbia Islamic School uncertain

Apr 20, 2016

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COLUMBIA - The plan for a two-story, 14,000-square foot building near the Islamic Center's mosque was announced in August. It was expected to cost about $2 million and provide nine classrooms on the top floor for the Islamic School of Columbia.

Plans also included administrative offices, a multipurpose room, a kitchen, a free health clinic and space for Friday prayers.

The new school was expected to open for the 2016-17 school year.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the organization's outgoing board stopped the project mostly for financial reasons and a new board hasn't decided whether to continue.

The Islamic School of Columbia is operating this school year with about 70 students in preschool and elementary school.