ROBERDEL — Roberdel Baptist Church has acquired the previous Roberdel Faculty, and plan to make use of the 12-acre property to boost and develop the church’s present Preschool program.
“On a regular basis we hear from dad and mom that they’re searching for a Christian schooling for his or her youngsters and we maintain an extended ready checklist,” stated Senior Pastor Billy Dennis.
The church acquired the property from Richmond County Faculties about 18 months in the past. It was most lately used as faculty surplus storage. The varsity, constructed within the Fifties and later become a youngsters’s middle, has not been operational for about 15 years.
“There’s nonetheless folks of their 50s who went to highschool right here,” Dennis stated.
There are six lecture rooms within the present constructing, with further workplace area and rooms for personalised instruction. There will likely be upgrades to the HVAC, septic system, plumbing and wiring.
“There will likely be a facelift of every little thing,” stated Roberdel Baptist Preschool director Randi Wooden, including that they hope to open the renovated faculty in August of 2024.”We’re excited. We’ve had a variety of assist from the Roberdel Group that need to see this imaginative and prescient.”
An estimated price for the overall mission is $4.5 million.
Dennis stated they plan to construct a brand new, four-classroom constructing behind the property that can serve the four-year-olds, in addition to including a number of playgrounds across the property. Each classroom can have its personal toilet and door resulting in a playground.
Dennis and Wooden stated they plan to protect the present faculty, and that this facility will assist meet elevated want of their companies. They at the moment have 165 college students enrolled for subsequent yr, from Pre-Okay as much as second grade. All older college students of their program will stay at their constructing positioned on the church sooner or later.Dennis added that public faculty academics acknowledge the youngsters from their program for a way well-advanced they’re academically amongst their friends.
“It is going to permit us to minister to that many extra children, however will even be helpful to folks who’re working as a result of we will keep open full-time,” Wooden stated.
Wooden stated that upon receiving a licensure, they anticipate this new facility will accommodate 150 Pre-Okay college students. They are going to transfer from part-time to full-time, a rise from 4 hours to doubtlessly ten hours a day.
“We wished to do that for a very long time,” Wooden began, “And this chance got here up,” Dennis completed. They each said that this formidable plan is a ministry that can take the identical dedication as a church to pour their hears and minds into.
A fundraising dinner will likely be held on Wednesday, June 28, from 6:00 p.m. to eight:00 p.m., on the Roberdel Baptist Church Fellowship Corridor to kickoff the marketing campaign for this initiative. To RSVP, and for any further info, name 910-997-7162. They’re nonetheless looking for companies who could also be attention-grabbing in partnering for this mission.
Roberdel Baptist Preschool was named the Richmond County Partnership for Kids Middle of the Yr in Might of 2023.
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