Expansion nears completion

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Workers employ portable lifts as they build the ceiling of the expansion to the commons area at the Liberty Christian School in Argyle Thursday August 9, 2012.
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Liberty Christian to have ribbon-cutting

Liberty Christian School officials said construction on the campus’ fine arts expansion is nearing completion. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion is scheduled for Aug. 20.

This is the latest addition to open on the campus in two months.

In May, the private school had a grand opening for its academic and athletic expansion, which includes classrooms, a 100-seat meeting room, a wrestling room, a weight and conditioning room, coaches’ offices, a kitchen and locker rooms.

The 14,000-square-foot fine arts addition expands the school’s commons area and will include a choir and ensemble room, two art rooms, a black box theater, storage space and a multipurpose lunch and meeting room equipped with roundtables, benches for up to 200 students and an area where they can plug in personal computers. The project also includes improvements to the current band hall, lower and middle school drama and choir classrooms and music lab, according to school officials.

The academic, athletic and fine arts expansions — projects that have been about two years in the works, according to school officials — were constructed to accommodate current and future growth. The Liberty Christian School board approved about $5 million for the projects, which is being funded by donors including Liberty families, according to school officials.

Kimberley Kevlin, director of campus planning and design, said that prior to the expansion, groups like choir had to “make do” with the space available and split into two classes.

Malyn Porter, who will enter her senior year this month, said she’s excited and looks forward to the fine arts expansion opening.

Porter, a theater student, said that when students prepared for two plays at once for one-act competition, she and her peers had to alternate days to rehearse and prepare because they had only the one stage. But now there’s more space.

“It makes us feel a little more professional, and it’s exciting,” she said.

On the horizon for Liberty are plans for a new upper school and a center for worship and performing arts. According to the school’s recent newsletter, the capital campaign totals $20.9 million, and as of June, $8.8 million had been committed to the project.

Michelle Simms, the school’s director of advertising and marketing, said it’s been neat to see growth increase on the campus. While other private schools are struggling in this economy, Liberty has maintained enrollment at about 95 percent, and in the new school year, student enrollment is projected to total 1,500, she said.

“We’re grateful, very grateful,” Simms said. “I just think we’re putting God first, and that value is what’s driving parents here.”

Kevlin said the spiritual piece is the key to the school’s growth.

“If you keep Christ the center, it doesn’t matter how big you get, he has to remain the center — and that hasn’t changed,” she said.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is btabor@dentonrc.com .

 


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