Montessori School of Columbia looking to expand its elementary school in Rosewood

August 16, 2013 

School Desks

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— The Montessori School of Columbia is expanding its elementary school in Rosewood near the intersection of 2807 Oceola and South Maple streets.

The school plans to build a one-story schoolhouse, at almost 5,000 square feet, that would have three classrooms for its 85 students. The old building will be used for a multipurpose facility for classes such as language, music and art.

The specific plans for the schoolhouse will depend on whether the school can move a house at 413 South Maple St.

The school has a contract on the house and is looking for someone who might want to take it, said Karen Kuse, the head of school. The city has told the school the house cannot be demolished. Anyone interested in taking the house can contact Kuse at directormsc@gmail.com.

The school is going on its 30th year in the area and 28 years in its existing building, which the school has outgrown, Kuse said.

“We don’t want to be a huge school, but we want more room for our current students,” Kuse said.

In its nearly 30 years in Rosewood, the school has invested in five lots in the area to expand its campus, and the South Maple Street site under contract is the sixth, Kuse said.

“We really love the Rosewood neighborhood,” Kuse said.

Cassie Cope

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