Our founding families built Shalom Christian Academy to be a modest and welcoming building. They had the incredible foresight that has made it possible to add onto the original, 1975 structure multiple times over the last 45 years.
In 1986, we completed the last major addition. Improvements included a second wing to the school as well as a gymnasium.
We made other minor renovations over the years, but by 2019, it was clear that we needed to make a significant capital investment.
We needed to overhaul the HVAC system, add air conditioning, and replace original doors and windows. We also identified an acute need for more space. Our growing enrollment necessitates more classrooms and larger, more flexible gathering areas that can support our living curriculum and community ethos. We also require the flexibility to have up to three classrooms per grade for the elementary classrooms.
As an ALICE Certified School, we are committed to creating a safe and secure environment, so improvements to security are also needed. In order to enhance programming and best prepare students for their futures, we need to make investments in fine arts spaces, the gymnasium, and STEM classrooms. To accommodate more office staff and student services, we need more space for administrative work.
With the full support of our Shalom community, we completed Phase 1 in 2019. The pandemic stalled our efforts for multiple reasons, but the Shalom community has shown a renewed energy for completing Phases 3 & 4 as soon as possible.
At our heart, we are a Christian educational institution. Our faculty are our living curriculum - the foundation of instruction. With upgraded facilities, enhanced programming, and additional classroom space, we are creating a better environment for 21st century learning.
Well-rounded exposure to the fine arts is vital to our goal of cultivating wholeness in our students. We are expanding capabilities in voice, drama, and arts instruction. Elements of a state-of-the-art performing arts center will be integrated into our new gymnasium.
We cultivate our students’ physical well-being through physical education, athletic competitions, and intramural activities. Improved and expanded facilities also allow us to draw more members of the Franklin County community to our campus for tournaments, camps, and competitions.
Thank You Campaign Leaders
Steering Committee Chair - Brian Knepper
Steering Committee - Les Clugston, Steve Geesaman, John Helman, Ken Kipe, Stacy Lehman, Kirk Martin, Wayne Myers, Lisa Pogue, Gregg Thompson, Dale Watkins
Administrator - Angie Petersheim
Director of Development - Mike Shaker
Campaign Coordinator - Suzanne Poe