Five questions with Middletown Christian Schools superintendent Mark Spradling

The Middletown Journal recently sat down with Middletown Christian Schools superintendent Mark Spradling to get his thoughts about the new school year and the district’s future.

QUESTION: What goals have you set for your district for the 2012-13 school year?

ANSWER: “We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. We are continuing to commit ourselves to provide a distinctively Christian education to the Christian community along the I-75 corridor. We are opening a new biology lab and are working to finish the high school wing of the school for the beginning of 2013-14. Our board set forth a vision plan, which involved a curriculum review and pursuing national recognition of our program through the Association of Christian Schools International. We are also adding a resource person to help with students who have special needs.”

QUESTION: What changes in technology are coming to your district’s classrooms?

ANSWER: “We are adding a number of interactive white boards to our classrooms. We are upgrading our network. We are also updating our website. We are researching adding a mobile tablet lab to accompany our laptop labs.”

QUESTION: What are the biggest challenges or areas of improvement for your district?

ANSWER: “The economy is the biggest challenge all schools are facing. Also, meeting the needs of students with special academic challenges.

QUESTION: How would you summarize your district’s financial situation?

ANSWER: “We have to be very careful and cautious. Grace Baptist Church provides a great deal of support as well as generous supporters. The enrollment has been growing the past couple of years and that has helped.”

QUESTION: What advice would you like to offer the parents of your students?

ANSWER: “We are here for you and your children. We don’t take for granted that parents have chosen us for their child’s education. A tuition-based Christian school must be viewed as an investment. The intimacy of a Christian ministry, the values that are imparted by the teachers, the influence of the Bible, and the benefits of learning things that will last for eternity are worth the investment. Students in a Christian school will not only learn how to do a vocation but also how to live and where they can spend eternity.”