Building project to finish Middletown Christian Schools

School to add classrooms and labs on second floor.

MIDDLETOWN — Thanks to a $755,000 campaign, Middletown Christian Schools’ main building could be completed by the start of next school year.

Donations from several area businesses and community members have raised most of the money. According to Superintendent Mark Spradling, the school hopes to have work crews busy developing the empty 9,000-square-foot second-floor wing of the current building by June 4.

“Our last day of school is May 30, and graduation is June 1. I think it’ll probably be the following week that we’ll get started,” Spradling said. “I know we have about half of the monies in hand and there’s more coming.”

According to Roger Brandenburg, development director, the new space would provide four classrooms, a chemistry lab, art room, biology lab, restrooms and a teacher’s lounge.

The undeveloped section of the building is currently walled off from the rest of the school. Only a second-floor door in the building’s southeast corner leads to the section that is now being used as a mini-storage warehouse.

Spradling said the school’s last building project took place in 2008, but there weren’t enough funds to complete the building.

Several fundraising campaigns — including a gold and silver drive, and the May 10-11 Walk-a-Thon — are being held to raise the remaining funds for the building. The Walk-a-Thon flier says if every MCS student raises $143, the students would collect $30,000 for the building campaign. Every student who raised that amount would get a chance to soak a staff member in a dunking booth in the parking lot.

“That’s just one way we’re trying to raise the funds we need to finish this project,” Brandenburg said. “Dr. Gary Cobb is organizing funding efforts with several area businesses. He’s raising close to $350,000 through that endeavor. Anyone can donate through any one of these avenues of funding.”

Classrooms are expected to be completed in time for the Aug. 20 opening of the new school year.

Contact this reporter at (513) 705-2851 or jbombatch@coxohio.com.