Pella Chronicle

April 5, 2013

PCHS meets to discuss possible PCGS expansion

Amy Holmquist
The Chronicle

Pella — Tuesday night, March 26, Pella Christian High School held a town hall meeting to discuss Pella Christian Grade School’s possible building expansion at the PCHS campus.

Due to increased class sizes, PCGS is quickly outgrowing space in their current building and have began discussing options within their own school and sister schools. PCGS has already discussed several options for a solution to their problem and have gathered rough costs for potential building projects.

PCGS considered the option of adding onto their current building, but the location of the grade school is not ideal for adding on due to limited space and the cost of remodeling and upgrading to add an addition would be more expensive. PCGS approached PCHS with the idea to expand onto the high school to accommodate middle school students, which would be a less expensive approach.

“It’s more complex than just adding three or four classrooms, all the other areas are being outgrown as well,” PCHS board president John Brouwer said.

Pella Christian Grade School is finding that enrollment is continuously increasing, so the need for more building space for the next school year and future years is critical. Both schools have just began discussing the possibility of building at the PCHS campus. No decisions have been made yet.

Brouwer, along with PCHS faculty and other board members, held the town hall meeting simply to continue communications with parents and others on the progress of the project and to gain feedback.

“Ultimately what we need to decide as a constituency is what is the best long-term plan and vision for this campus,” Brouwer said.

The plans are very preliminary; both schools are continuing researching the best avenue and will be holding town hall meetings throughout the year to communicate progress and plans. PCGS is having another town hall meeting on April 9 to discuss the building project. PCHS is having a society meeting on April 18 where they will approve next year’s budget, elect new board members and continue discussions on the building project.