CHILLICOTHE — Ross County Christian Academy launched its Boundless campaign last month with the goal of raising $13 million for an expansion project.
The project is separated into two phases. The first phase will cost approximately $2.5 million and will include 10 new classrooms, space for an additional 140 students, a multipurpose area, additional storage space and offices.
Phase two will include 20 new classrooms, another gymnasium, an auditorium that can accommodate 1,500 people, more storage and offices, a music room, science labs and more. The second phase will cost around $10.5 million.
Currently, the primary school, middle school, and high school are located in three different locations with a total of 412 students. The end goal of the campaign is to have room for K-12 students on the Brookside campus, said Valerie Jones, director of schools at Ross County Christian Academy.
“The school has been looking for a while [to find] a home,” said Ryan Bash, senior pastor of Brookside Church. to see [the school] grow.
Beginning with just 23 students, RCCA opened its doors 15 years ago at Brookside Church and has seen a need for expansion every year since. Their first expansion consisted of six additional classrooms at Brookside. As the school grew, some students transferred to Lighthouse Baptist. From there, the Zion Baptist Church also opened.
“We’ve really enjoyed our partnerships with Lighthouse and Zion, they’ve been amazing,” Jones said. “But we have three separate campuses and it’s always good to have everyone in one place for unity, just to feel like you’re one school and that’s our ultimate goal.”
RCCA also struggles with an ever-growing waiting list of students for whom the school has no room. Jones said some students have been on a waiting list for years and the school receives calls from interested parents every day.
The first phase of the Boundless campaign will run for the next five years. The school plans to begin construction this summer.
“We are open to anyone who can donate if they believe in Christian education and the mission of the church and our mission,” Jones said. “We would like people to give what they can.”
Megan Becker is a reporter for the Chillicothe Gazette. She can be reached at 740-349-1106, email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @BeckerReporting