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AMISH SCHOOL: Second Amish school opens in Whitley County

November 14, 2013

A new Amish school has been built southwest of South Whitley. It educates 38 students and began classes this school year. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley

SOUTH WHITLEY— Familiar Amish symbols, such as a horse and buggy, may not be a common occurrence in Columbia City, but they thrive in other parts of Whitley County.

The southwest part of the county, which is located within the Whitko Community School Corporation’s district boundaries, contains many Amish residents, prompting the need for a second Amish school in the area.

Approximately 38 students attend the newly constructed Country Meadow Amish School from first to eighth grade.

Marcus Schwartz is the treasurer for the Amish school and is part of the six-member board for the new building. He donated part of his land for the new school.

“We started last year with the paperwork,” he said. “We poured concrete in November of last year.”

Building work began this past January in time for the school to open in August.

Currently, two teachers handle the students, with one devoted for the four younger grades and another for the four older grades.

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