April 19, 2014 11:00:00 PM
Advisors with Immanuel Christian School are looking forward to changes in the upcoming school. From the possibility of new athletic facilities to a new headmaster, advisors say the school is primed for growth. In addition to the newly formed nine-member school board, a pastoral advisory board is also being considered.
"One exciting consideration by the board is to develop an advisory board made up of area pastors who are willing to provide advice and insight," school board member Billy Thomas said. "Two area pastors have already demonstrated keen interest in being involved in this community ministry. The overall atmosphere around Immanuel Christian School is one of celebration, strength and determination to advance the vision to be a Christian school passionate about raising up the next generation to know and serve Jesus Christ as well as committed to academic and athletic excellence."
To help steer the students toward that academic and athletic excellence, Thomas said the board expects to announce the specifics of new athletic facilities, including a soccer field, in the coming weeks.
Since the school first separated from Immanuel Christian Church last month, school board members have been considering a name change. However, Thomas said that decision has not yet been finalized and board members are mulling over whether to change the name or to remain Immanuel Christian School. Board members are also considering whether or not to keep school uniforms.
One thing that won't be changing however is the tuition.
"Tuition for the upcoming year has been set and will not be increased," Thomas said.
Throughout the potential changes, Thomas said the focus of the school remains clear: to provide students with a quality, Christian education.
"Many decisions ranging from administration, whether a name change will be necessary, teacher positions, to uniforms are being prayerfully considered," he said. "Once the legalities of the transition are finalized the new school board will eagerly be making these decisions as well as many others. The board is made up of committed Christian men and women with a variety of gifts and talents from varying professional and personal backgrounds. Each shares a common commitment to Christ and an intense value for true Christian education in the Golden Triangle area.
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