Maranatha Christian Schools recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a groundbreaking ceremony on campus. The ceremony kicked off the first phase of a multi-year development plan, including a new high school building. The strategic plan was formulated last year through collaboration between faculty, staff, parents, students, and chapel leadership. Construction on the new high school building is scheduled to begin early this year and be completed by July 2016. It’s planned to house classrooms, two dedicated science labs, studio and digital art spaces, a teacher’s lounge, a student center, and more.

Hundreds of students, parents, staff members, and other community members were in attendance, as was Pastor Ray Bentley, who founded the school. Councilman Mark Kersey attended to present a proclamation to Superintendent Jess Hetherington declaring that Nov. 18, 2015 is officially Maranatha Schools Day.