Headmaster Butch Vaughn speaks to more than 200 Providence Christan Academy students and supporters during a Sept. 18, 2013, groundbreaking ceremony in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
Providence Christian Academy celebrated the beginning of construction of two additions during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday on campus.
The buildings will be added to the existing school, located at 410 Dejarnette Lane in Murfreesboro.
One of the additions will connect to the front of the existing building, and it will serve as the new main entrance of Providence Christian. That area will also house 25 new classrooms, a library media center and administrative offices.
The second addition will be connected to the back of the current building and will include a weight room, two art classrooms and two music classrooms. That section of the school will also serve as a new multipurpose room, which will provide space for chapel and fine arts programs, as well as act as a lunchroom and gymnasium.
“This building project is the result of the hard work and prayers from our board of directors, school administrators, parents and faculty, and it will meet the needs of our school for many years to come,” said Butch Vaughn, who serves as headmaster of Providence Christian.
For nearly 17 years, the private academy has offered a classical Christian curriculum. Today, there are more than 340 students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade. The new buildings will add more than 42,500 square feet to the school.
Officials said both buildings, which are being funded through private donations, are expected to be completed for students by the time school starts in the fall of 2014.
“In order to fulfill the vision to build, we sought financial support from our families and our community,” Vaughn said. “We have been abundantly blessed by the support we have received. Contributions to this building campaign will have a lasting impact on the educational and spiritual growth of children in our community for many years to come.”
Saying there is “no doubt that God has touched the hearts of the families in our school and the leaders in our community,” said he feels blessed knowing that God continues to provide officials with the resources needed to offer a Christian-based education.
This is the school’s second building project. In 2004, Providence Christian added a $2.5 million building, which will serve as the new middle and high schools when the current project is completed.