LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville private school is planning a $2 million expansion.

Portland Christian School on Tuesday announced plans to triple the size of its preschool and improve and expand its athletic facilities.

The school purchased a 12-acre site in east Louisville — just 4 miles away from its Westport Road campus — for the expansion, according to a news release from the school. The land was purchased from Springdale Community Church, including its original building, which will be remodeled and upgraded for the PCS Little School.

"We'll do that remodel internally and get that facility ready to expand minds and souls and curiosities of little ones," Portland Christian School Executive Director Jodell Seay said.

The project is 65% funded through donations. School officials said it will increase the preschool's capacity to 140 students and expands indoor and outdoor play space. 

"Right now, we don't have room for all those kids, so it really is an exciting opportunity for us," Preschool Director Debbie Sprinkle said.

The land acquisition will allow the school to provide space for its baseball and softball teams. The school is also looking at the possibility of leasing nearby soccer fields.

"To have a field that we can call our own — work on that and play our games — is going to build some more school spirit and give us more opportunities to host more people on our campus," Athletic Director Chuck Haddaway said.

Portland Christian dates back nearly 100 years in Louisville. It serves about 400 kids in pre-K through 12th grade.

School leaders said this expansion is part of a vision established centuries ago.

"The people that started that ministry in 1916 started praying for it, 1924 opened the doors, and I think they expected it to impact the globe," Seay said. "I think this is just part of their vision, and we're carrying it forward."

Construction is expected to start "within the next few weeks" and be complete by the end of 2021.

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