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Christian school strives for place of its own

Building project planned for MCS

September 20, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

In its short six-year history Marshalltown Christian School was housed in one church, then moved to another church, and is now is back to the original church.

All this shuffling around has led leaders of the school to look into a building of their own.

"It will make all the difference in the world," said Cheryl Holmes, director of the school of the proposed new building project.

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Marshalltown Christian School paraprofessional Tracy Macbeth helps student Ian Meyer with a math problem at the school Wednesday. MCS is planning a building project for a new school in the future.

MCS is now utilizing New Hope Christian Church after spending a few years at Evangelical Free Church facilities, which now has a construction project of its own.

"We are so grateful to E-Free and it was a very good relationship and we appreciate New Hope for their cooperation," Holmes said.

Land has been purchased adjacent to First Baptist Church as the site of a new school building. The school has been in contact with two contractors who have been given a tentative design for what a new school would look like.

It would feature six classrooms, a common space, offices and is proposed to be 11,550 square feet. Holmes stressed the plans are all still tentative as far as what the project will be.

A major fundraising push will be on its way in the next year, with the timeline of a building project not yet finalized.

"We're being very diligent not building until we have the money or the promise of it," Holmes said. "We have a ways to go with that."

Currently, the school has an enrollment of 30 students in grades kindergarten through eighth. Holmes feels if they have their own building, enrollment would be boosted.

"When you're mobile, it's hard for people to buy into it," she said.

Overall, Holmes said the school is making the best out of their new, temporary home at New Hope this school year.

"The children are resilient and adjusting to the new space," she said.

Holmes said those wanting to donate to the building project can call her at the school at 641-753-8824.



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