File Photo: Alcovy High School's chorus performs during 2010 graduation ceremonies for the school inside the main sanctuary of Church In The Now in Conyers. The church property was foreclosed last year and Newton County school officials are considering alternative sites for this year's graduations of its three high schools.
CONYERS -- It looks a little more unlikely that the Newton County School System will be able to hold its high school graduation ceremonies at the foreclosed Church in the Now property.
Jac La Tour, a spokesman for Evangelical Christian Credit Union, recently said that his company has already turned away a request from the Georgia Career Institute to hold graduations in the main sanctuary.
The company preferred not to rent out the buildings to outside groups, La Tour said.
Earlier this month, NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews said he was awaiting word on negotiations under way with the church.
"Should these negotiations turn out in such a manner so as to allow the school system to utilize this facility for graduation, we will take advantage of it," he said.
On Wednesday, he said he has not received any more information at this time.
If it doesn't pan out, he said that holding graduations at Sharp Stadium might be the fall-back plan.
"(It) would not be unusual at all for a high school graduation to be in the outdoors," Mathews said.
For the past several years, NCSS has held high school graduation ceremonies at CITN, which is located on Iris Drive in Conyers.
In May, the graduations for all three high schools were some of the last events held at the church, which was put up for sale on the Rockdale County Courthouse steps but later reverted to the mortgage holder, Evangelical Christian Credit Union.
CITN Pastor Jim Swilley still continues to hold services in a smaller building on the church campus, now renamed Church in the Now East.
However, the church no longer has control of the property.
Mathews said that students will receive at least as many tickets as last year, and if Sharp Stadium is used, then they will receive even more.News Editor Jay Jones contributed to this report.