By Pressley Baird
Reprinted with permission
Multipurpose is the best word to describe the current state of Coastal Christian
There’s a closet in the school’s main office, for example, that does quadruple duty. Its main purpose is to serve as admissions director Jennifer Snyder’s office. But she jokes that she’s also got the supply closet on shelves above her head, the technology department behind her desk chair, and the school’s switchboard mounted on the wall to her left.
Come Christmas, Snyder will have her own office, switchboard not included. After five years of renting Temple Baptist Church’s activity center, Coastal Christian High School is getting a place to call its own.
The interdenominational Christian high school is moving forward with construction on the first phase of its new $3.6 million building on The King’s Highway in Monkey Junction. With 26,000 square feet, it will have space for 340 students in 15 classrooms, two science labs, a library and a gym.
Coastal Christian has been renting Temple Baptist’s activity center since the high school opened with 42 students in 2006, said Brenda McCombie, project manager for the new facility. But with about 190 students enrolled now and an anticipated 240 for the 2012-13 school year, they’re too big for the six-classroom activity center. Students will make the move to the new building by the 2012 holiday season, McCombie said.
The school ran a capital campaign to raise $1.2 million for the first phase of the new facility. Most of the gifts came from students’ parents, but a few members of the community also donated money, McCombie said. The school is borrowing the remaining $2.4 million.
The school is also building baseball and softball fields on land it’s leasing from Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church, its future next-door neighbor. Both the school and the church will be able to use the fields, and they’ll share the maintenance work, McCombie said. Myrtle Grove also donated 3.7 acres of land to the school for the new building.
Future phases of the school’s facilities will include a cafeteria, tennis courts and an aquatic center. Once they’re fully built, the new facilities will be able to accommodate 400 students.
Coastal Christian felt growing pains by its third year, bringing in a trailer to add two classrooms. Two more trailers with two more classrooms came the next year, and this fall, the high school had a waiting list for the first time, McCombie said.
Some employees, like math teacher Melissa Medlin, don’t have their own classrooms. Instead, Medlin rolls her black-and-purple bag of supplies from room to room and shares a desk in the affectionately named teachers’ cave (it’s too small to earn the title of lounge). But Medlin doesn’t mind.
“We’re such a family,” she said. “We always use each other’s stuff.”
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