Pella — Pella Christian Grade School (PCGS) is excited to share that the Pella Christian High School (PCHS) Society approved a motion authorizing the opportunity to begin a joint Long Range Planning Committee for Christian Education in South Central Iowa. This vote needed a 67% approval rating. It received a 72% approval rating.
"Thank you to the 984 constituents who voted (Thursday night)," Mike Fransman, PCGS School Board President, said in a release to The Chronicle.
The motion (#2 on the ballot) to build a 7th/8th grade wing on Pella Christian High School did not pass. The motion received a 62% approval rating, yet the motion needed 67% approval.
"Throughout the entire process of educating our constituency, we have been pleased with the attendance at scheduled events and the interest expressed via questions. It has always been our desire for all constituents to have an opportunity to express their viewpoints," Fransman said. "We respect the results of the vote, and as a result of the vote we will now execute a contingency plan. Our contingency plan includes, but is not limited to, rearranging classrooms at PCGS and purchasing portable classrooms until we decide whether to build a 7th and 8th grade wing at our present location or to purchase new land and build a new preschool through eighth grade building."
Fransman also said PCGS will continue to work on solutions to growth in enrollment.
"We will continue to praise God from whom all blessings flow as we wrestle with solutions to growth in enrollment," Fransman said. "May God continue to be glorified at all times as we fulfill our mission of, “Proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all spheres of life and learning, Pella Christian Grade School, together with parents, will provide excellent academic training rooted in God’s infallible word, challenging students to develop their individual, God-given gifts for a life of service in God’s kingdom.”