Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church is moving forward with a plan to acquire Red Lion Christian Academy.
93-percent of the congregation at the Glasgow church voted in favor of the proposal Sunday.
Red Lion Christian Academy has experienced declining enrollment and has fallen into several million dollars in debt. Also, Red Lion has admitted to violating state athletics rules that included scheduling too many football games, holding too many team practices, and mishandling financial aid.
The congregation of Red Lion Free Evangelical Church voted a week earlier to accept the terms of a proposed transaction. The school in Bear has about 700 students, and opened in 1980.
The plan involves “major changes in leadership, values and financial operations,” according to Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor Chuck Betters. He added that Christian education and academics would be top priorities.
Red Lion Christian School administrators said in a statement in October that a merger and sale would “position the school for growth for many years to come.”
GRPC already operates Glasgow Christian Academy.