By TYLER MASK
Amongst all the Baker restoration excitement, it might be easy to miss out on some other local news about growth and change.
Community Christian School, a non-denominational private school, has exciting news concerning a $3.5 million building project to expand its high school wing.
At the board level, CCS has been working nearly a year and a half on plans for its multi-million dollar expansion. The new building will be conveniently located next to its original building and connected by a hallway.
“It’s just going to tower over [the existing building],” Head Administrator Doug Jefferson said. “It’s going to house a full-size gym.
“We are going to have a full industrial-sized kitchen here, so we will be able to have hot lunches. It’s going to have a science lab... three different classrooms and a new library. It’s an exciting thing for us.”
Although the new building will strictly be a high school, grades K-8 will get to stretch out in the old buildings, making more room for everyone.
To make things even better, the old buildings will get makeovers of their own.
Jefferson believes this project could break ground as early as 2015.
“I am praying that we break ground a year from this May,” Jefferson said. “We need about a year for funding. You know we don’t get any support, like tax money, we’ll have to completely raise the money ourselves.
“We don’t want to go into debt. We are going to raise all the money and have it up front.”
Although CCS is beginning to boom, things didn’t start out big.
CCS’s humble beginnings started in 1982 when a group of families wanted an alternate choice to public education and homeschooling.
The school has grown from a few students meeting in several different homes to 114 as of this school year, consolidated in two buildings located at 2501 Garrett Morris Parkway.
Jefferson is halfway through his seventh school year with CCS and has seen exponential changes during his short tenure. Jefferson recalls when he first arrived CCS had a total of 32 students.