June 5, 2013

Christian Heritage School’s growth deserves support

The Daily Citizen

— Christian Heritage School has earned a reputation for both its academics and its athletics, so it’s no surprise that the school has enjoyed steady growth.

On Monday, the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote on whether to approve a special use permit for a 104-acre site just across from the school on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. That’s where Christian Heritage plans to build a new high school that will allow it to double its high school enrollment to 300 from approximately 150. Commissioners should approve that permit.

“I would hope we could begin around the middle of July,” Headmaster Renny Scott recently. “In Phase 1, we’ll build the gymnasium and rough in the administration and fine arts building and do the infrastructure and site planning. That’s our most pressing need. We’ve got teams using the middle school gym right now.”

The new high school is part of a five-year plan that also includes improvements to current facilities and parking lots as well as increases in teacher pay and scholarships for students. The plan is expected to cost about $25 million, and Scott says the school has raised about half of that already.

Our local public schools are very good, but public schools just aren’t the right fit for every student, and some families want a school that emphasizes a Christian worldview, something that public schools cannot and should not do. Until Christian Heritage opened its doors, many of those families looking for an alternative to public schools sent their children to Chattanooga.

Families deserve a choice in education, and Christian Heritage School provides a quality choice right here in Dalton. Its growth and expansion can only benefit the community.