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GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) Two Christian schools in the Wyoming/Grandville area announced their merging Thursday morning.

Grandville Christian and Calvin Christian announced the news in a press release that they will be a new comprehensive preschool to 12th grade Christian school system. The merger was ratified by a vote of both school societies and an interim school board has been appointed to finalize the merger before the 2014-2015 school year. Tim Steenstra, the current principal of Grandville Christian will oversee the combined organization.

Grandville Christian has been a pre-school to sixth grade school since 1956. Calvin Christian started as a high school in 1964 and added a middle school in 1971. The two institutions say they have discussed merging off and on over the past 30 years.

Nearly 96% of Grandville Christian students have continued on to Calvin Christian in the past.

Steenstra says in the release that the merger is about "positioning ourselves for the future," and that both schools "are vibrant and healthy, enjoy strong enrollment, and are completely debt free."

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