Liberty Christian has made A+ campus upgrades

Liberty Christian has made A+ campus upgrades

When you walk into Liberty Christian School, you immediately experience some of the things that make the high school years so special. Friendships are made around study tables, while graduating seniors seek a space to hang out with their friends.

The Warrior Union is a place for both, with chairs and tables and banquettes wrapping around pillars. A huge screen on one wall of the hang out gives updates and encouraging messages to students as they pass through.

“It’s a way to merge the new high school with the lower school,” said Julie Barber, director of campus planning.

Photo Credit: Sarah Bays

Photo Credit: Sarah Bays

This space was created as part of Phase I of the school’s Great Expectations building campaign, which included a new two-story upper school. The $17 million project also added a new library, more classrooms for early childhood and the lower school, a new lower school gym and a new LCS swag store.

Phase I was completed just before students returned to school after Christmas break. Barber said there are a few minor tweaks to work on, but the Liberty family is excited about the changes.

There were some changes to the initial project phases, like building the new high school. For the past couple years, with colder than normal climes, middle school classes have been held in portable classrooms.

So the middle school is now located where the old high school was.

The new gym was specifically needed as pre-K through 5th grade students have physical education time daily. The former library is now home to a new school store, which was also housed in portables, but now boasts school swag with a splash of Liberty colors and personality.

Why now?

Liberty brings in 25-30 new students each year, and while some space is left open by graduating seniors, school administration wants to be prepared for growth.

“We anticipate the way this area is growing … Dr. [Rodney] Haire doesn’t like to turn anyone away.”

Photo Credit: Sarah Bays

Photo Credit: Sarah Bays

Phase I was completed in 18 months. Phase II will include a new worship/performing arts auditorium and a double gymnasium.

Barber said school staff has sat down with parents in order to figure out what they wanted most for their Liberty kids. Ultimately, the entire project was funded by donations from some of those parents, among others.

“This is a partnership,” she said. “They look to the parents, knowing we’re doing this together. We want to be an extension of what’s happening at home.”

And perhaps that’s why the halls, freshly painted and newly minted, are silent, free of clutter and reflective of the personal responsibility that Barber said Liberty tries to instill in its students.

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