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April 1998

 

 

 

 

 

The Capital Region

Christian High School

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Capital Region Christian High School will be an institution committed

to excellence, providing a comprehensive program with a Christ-centered perspective of life and learning. In support of Christian families, the

school will encourage and equip youth in the development of their minds

and talents to the glory of God, their hearts for Jesus Christ, and their

lives for responsible service.

Table of Contents

 

1. Introduction

2. Capital Region Christian High School Dialogue (Steering) Committee

3. The Christian High School

4. Capital Region Christian High School Foundation

5. Preliminary Market Appraisal

6. Location

7. Tuition Cost

8. Development Cost

9. Funding Sources

10. Project Description

10.1 Program

10.2 Organizational Matters

10.2.1 CRCHS Foundation

10.2.1.1 Certificate of Incorporation

10.2.1.2 By-Laws

10.2.1.3 Directors

10.2.2 CRCHS

10.2.2.1 Mission Statement

10.2.2.2 Statement of Faith

10.2.2.3 Philosophy of Education

10.2.2.4 Organizational Structure

10.2.2.5 Management

10.3 Project Organization

10.3.1 Stage I - Foundational Issues

10.3.2 Stage II - Feasibility and Organizational Issues

10.3.3 Stage III - Formation of Organization

11. Exhibits

11.1 Members of the Steering Committee

11.2 Operating Expense Projections

11.3 Preliminary Space/Cost Evaluation

11.4 Property Requirement Analysis

11.5 Blueprint for Educational Excellence

11.6 CRCHS Foundation Certificate of Incorporation

11.7 CRCHS Foundation By-Laws

11.8 CRCHS By-Laws

 

 

The Capital Region Christian High School

 

 

1. Introduction

 

The Capital Region Christian High School Dialogue (Steering) Committee has been meeting regularly since June 1995 to pursue the development of a Christian High School for the Capital Region of New York State. The current working name for the high school is the "Capital Region Christian High School" ("CRCHS"). This presentation summarizes the Committee’s work and vision for the project.

 

 

2. CRCHS Dialogue (Steering) Committee

 

The Committee first met in June of 1995 in order to "explore the concept of joint participation in the development of a Regional Christian High School, identifying and addressing the fundamental issues related to such a project." The Committee was initially comprised of board members and administrators from Loudonville Christian School (LCS), Our Savior's Lutheran School (OSL) and Schenectady Christian School (SCS). It now includes people with various talents and areas of expertise (Exhibit 11.1). Participation is not limited to any particular school, denomination or affiliation.

 

The purpose statement adopted by the Committee shortly after its formation is as follows:

 

We will endeavor to develop a comprehensive plan to create a readily accessible, highly visible, centrally located Regional Christian High School committed to excellence in education and service to families, schools, and churches of the Capital Region.

 

In short, the Committee intends to follow God’s leading in the creation of the "best" high school in the Capital Region--to His glory. The vision is for a high school which is distinctively Christian and demonstrably excellent. The Committee’s purpose statement communicates a common vision for several important characteristics of the project: a commitment to excellence in education and Christian ministry; a joint effort; an accessible, highly visible, and central location; and service to the Christian community.

 

The high school envisioned by the Committee will offer grades nine through twelve. Grades seven and eight will be included if deemed appropriate and beneficial to the new school and its feeder schools. The school will be chartered under the Education Law of the State of New York and will apply for membership in the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Accreditation will be sought through ACSI and The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

 

The high school’s commitment to excellence in education and Christian ministry will go beyond the embrace of excellence in academics and will include excellence in co-curricular program, facilities, and organization and management.

 

Having fulfilled its original purpose of identifying and addressing fundamental issues related to the project, the Dialogue Committee now serves as a "Steering Committee," and is actively involved in planning for the organization and founding of the school.

 

 

3. The Christian High School

 

According to Colossians 3:17, everything Christians do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus. A young person’s education should be no exception. The Christian high school will provide an educational service which supports parents in the important task of bringing up their children in the "training and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). The high school years are critical for the healthy and wholesome development of young people and it is imperative that they be trained in the way they should go. Secular education rejects God’s truth and, regardless of academic quality, trains young people in the way they should not go.

 

Furthermore, according to Colossians 3:23, we should do what we do wholeheartedly, as unto the Lord. Doing schooling wholeheartedly and in the name of the Lord means doing our best to encourage the highest quality development and cultivation of our students’ minds.

 

Some families will be drawn to the CRCHS by the school’s Christian ministry. Others will enroll to benefit from the by-products of a Christian school education (e.g., wholesome environment). Still others will be attracted by the school’s commitment to high academic standards. However, the Committee’s primary goal is that CRCHS will become known as a place where students and their teachers strive wholeheartedly for excellence in all things, as consistent with serving and obeying the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

4. CRCHS Foundation

 

The Committee has determined that, in order toformally organize future operations, it will form the Capital Region Christian High School Foundation. The Foundation has been formed "to engage in organizational and fund raising activities for the purposes of forming, organizing and funding a Christian high school in the capital region." As of October, 1997, Tthe Foundation haswill have filed with the IRS for 501(c)3 status and, as such, all contributions will be tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Preliminary Market Appraisal

 

The vision for a Christian high school of excellence has not been realized by any other school in the Capital Region, in the Committee’s opinion. The range of schools in the region includes public, private secular, Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant. As none of these schools compare with the model proposed for CRCHS,They offer programs with varying degrees of quality and effectiveness, but none provide the combination of academics and Christ-centeredness envisioned for CRCHS. Consequently, they are not considered direct competition for students. It is expected that the regional school will primarily serve evangelical Christian families located within a fifteen mile radius of the high school.Public and private high schools in the area offer education programs in varying degrees of quality and effectiveness. However, these schools do not provide the spiritual ministry envisioned for the CRCHS.

 

Loudonville Christian School (LCS) historically offered kindergarten through grade eight, and in 1995 started a program of adding one grade each year until a full high school program is in place. It is expected that the high school program developed by LCS, with approximately twenty students per grade, will be folded into the CRCHS development plan.

 

Our Savior’s Lutheran School (OSL), which has participated with LCS in the development of the CRCHS, currently provides grades kindergarten through six. OSL is expected to extend its program through grade eight over the next several years for the expressed purpose of a direct transition of their students into the CRCHS.

 

The Committee envisions that LCS and OSL will be the CRCHS's primary feeder schools during the first few years of the high school's operation. LCS historically has offered kindergarten through grade eight, and in 1995 started a program of adding one grade each year until a full high school program is in place with approximately 20 students per grade. OSL currently provides kindergarten through grade six and is considering extending its program to include grades seven and eight.

 

There is one reasonably sized, independent Christian school on the western edge of the Capital Region which offers kindergarten through grade twelve. There are other relatively small church-sponsored schools in region. The CRCHS is expected to distinguish itself from the other schools through a central location; the breadth and quality of its academic program; facilities; and a broad base of support within the Christian community. It is expected that some of the existing schools will eventually serve as "feeder" schools for the new high school.

 

Based on the size of the currently identified feeder schools, Loudonville Christian School and Our Savior’s Lutheran School, as well as the students who will be drawn from public schools, home school families, and other Christian schools, enrollment in the high school is projected to reach an optimal level of 400 students. The initial phase of construction is planned for 200 students.

 

 

6. Location

 

The regional high school should have good visibility, ready access, and a central location. The Committee recognizes the importance of access to I-87, I-90, and/or I-787 for the new school. The "U-shaped" corridor defined by these routes, and Route 7 to the North, is considered ideal for the location of the high school. It is estimated that the CRCHS will require a minimum of ten to twelve acres, and preferably twenty acres of land in order to meet long-term needs.

 

A developer who is working on a similar project for a Catholic high school has reported, in discussions with members of the Steering Committee, that a portion of the above-referenced corridor was identified in a market survey as the optimum site for a regional high school.

 

 

7. Tuition Cost

 

The Committee recognizes the tension that exists between operating costs and tuition levels. It is expected that tuition could range from as low as $3,500 per year per student to as high as $6,500 per year per student. Understandably, the higher the tuition, the greater the need (and expected provision) for financial aid options for qualified, The higher the tuition, the greater availability of need-based financial aide for qualifying families. (Exhibit 11.2).

 

 

8. Development Cost

 

The estimated cost of construction for a facility of approximately 550,000 square feet, including all athletic facilities, auditorium, furnishings, and soft costs, is projected at approximately fivesix to sixeight million dollars. This cost estimate does not include the price of land. (Exhibit 11.3 and Exhibit 11.4). A second phase of development is expected upon completion of the first phase in order to provide the facilities for p to 400 students.

 

 

9. Funding Sources

 

The Committee expects the development of the high school to be funded through a variety of potential sources, including: direct contributions, grants, co-venturing with compatible organizations or institutions, and the issuance of bonds. A conservative approach to borrowing will be applied and the committee expects to begin construction of the high school when cash and pledges cover the full amount of projected costs. Any borrowing through bonds beyond the total of cash and pledges through bonds would be considered based upon the Committee’s application of appropriate principles of financial stewardship and itsthe projected impact on tuition costs.

 

The operation of the school is expected to be funded through tuition, andfees, contributions, and sponsorship, and grants.

 

The High School Foundation has access to the services of tax, legal, and planned-giving experts to assist large donors who wish to integrate a donation to the CRCHS project into their estate or gifting plans.

 

 

10. Project Description

 

10.1 Program

 

The vision is for a regional high school which is distinctively Christian and demonstrably excellent. A solid foundation for the school’s program and ministry is vital. A document entitled "Blueprint for Educational Excellence" (Exhibit 11.5) was developed by the Education Committee of LCS and has been adopted by the CRCHS Steering Committee to provide a framework for the development of the high school’s program. This framework is characterized by: a recognition of the preeminence of God and His Word; appreciation for the relationship among home, church, and school; an understanding of the value of a Godly school environment; a commitment to develop a discipline-based academic program; and the desire for ongoing program assessment and improvement. The Blueprint also articulates Spiritual and academic development objectives.

 

The LCS Education Committee and representatives of the Committee are working in concert on a plan for the development of a high school program, according to the framework established by the Blueprint. Initially, it is expected that the educational program will be designed primarily to meet the needs of students preparing for college, including acceleration and advanced studies for gifted and high achieving students as well as assistance for students who are less able to meet the rigors of a college preparatory program. The long-range vision is for the high school to respond to a broader range of student needs.

 

10.2 Organizational Matters

 

10.2.1 Capital Region Christian High School Foundation: The Foundation has been formed "to engage in organizational and fund raising activities for the purposes of forming, organizing and funding a regional Christian high school in the capital region." The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of New York, and as of October 1997, will have filed with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt organization. All contributions made to it will be tax-deductible at both State and Federal levels to the maximum extent permitted by law.

 

10.2.1.1 Foundation Certificate of Incorporation: The Certificate of Incorporation (Exhibit 11.6) has been filed by the Secretary of State under Section 402 of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law of New York State.

 

10.2.1.2 Foundation By-Laws: The By-Laws (Exhibit 11.7) have been adopted and formally establish and describe the purposes and organization of the proposed Foundation.

 

10.2.1.3 Foundation Directors: The initial directors of the Foundation are Mr. David Pollitzer, Mr. Thomas Roemke, Mr. Michael Schafer. and Dr. David A. Wells.

 

10.2.2 Capital Region Christian High School:

 

10.2.2.1 Mission Statement: The mission statement reaffirms the common vision, communicated previously through the Committee's purpose statement. As previously stated, this includes: a commitment to excellence in education and ministry, a joint effort, and service to the Christian community. The mission statement also speaks to the scope of the high school's program.

Mission Statement

 

The Capital Region Christian High School will be an institution committed to excellence, providing a comprehensive program with a Christ-centered perspective of life and learning. In support of Christian families, the school will encourage and equip youth in the development of their minds and talents to the glory of God, their hearts for Jesus Christ, and their lives for responsible service.

 

10.2.2.2 Statement of Faith: Endorsement of a Statement of Faith which is soundly evangelical and which avoids potentially divisive denominational distinctives was considered essential for the joint effort to be successful.

 

Statement of Faith

 

We believe that the Bible is the only infallible authoritative Word of God, verbally and fully inspired in the original text, and that it is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

 

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return to earth with power and glory.

 

We believe that all men are, by nature and choice, sinners, destitute of all power to save themselves. We believe, therefore, that the only means of salvation is the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit on the basis of the atoning work of and through personal faith in Jesus Christ.

 

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those that are saved unto the resurrection of life and those that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

 

We believe in the church, the spiritual body of which Jesus Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated persons are members. We believe that the visible church is the company of believers in Jesus Christ associated for worship, work, and fellowship.

 

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is empowered to live a godly life.

 

10.2.2.3 Philosophy of Education: The Committee sought to develop a philosophy of education which is distinctively Christian and educationally sound.

 

Philosophy of Education

 

The Holy Scriptures will be the foundation and cornerstone for the design, development, and operation of the Capital Region Christian High School. The school's philosophy will be built upon Biblical principles and will provide the basis and structure for all school policies, programs, and activities.

 

Purpose of Life: The purpose of life is to live in response to the Creator and Savior, enjoying Him and endeavoring to please Him. The eternal state of man is determined by whether or not the individual has received Christ by faith.

 

Educational Purpose: The fact that man is created in the image of God and exists for His glory directs the tasks and goals of education. Students must learn who they are and what God intends for them to become. To this end, each student must secure the appropriate wealth of knowledge and develop a Christian view of himself and of the world in order to use knowledge with wisdom and understanding.

 

Educational Providers: Parents are the prime educators, ordained by God to nurture and train their children in the Lord. The local church shares in this Biblical responsibility. When parents choose to delegate responsibility for the formal schooling of their children, the teachers stand in loco parentis, in place of the parents, during the school day. The school's educational ministry serves the Christian family and local church and provides a visible witness of Christ's life-changing love and the unity of believers to the broader community.

 

The Learner: Students as persons are physical bodies, but they are also soul and spirit. Every individual is sinful, in need of salvation. Because of sin, man tends to ignore God and thus fails to relate himself and his knowledge to God, the Source of all wisdom. Individuals can know, evaluate, decide, and act in accordance with truth. Each student is unique, with talents, abilities, and gifts to be revealed and used for the glory of God.

 

Educational Content: We know nothing correctly unless we first know God. We know God first and best through His revelation of Himself in Scripture. We also know God indirectly by what He does and has done. Creation means that there is an objective truth about our world. Truth does not exist apart from God, and there is no division of educational content into sacred and secular. God's truth is absolute, but our knowledge is inevitably subjective. Morality is determined by God alone, and true values are perceived in the Word of God, not in man's reasoning apart from God.

 

Teaching: The objective content of truth directs us to objective teaching methods, while the fact that students are persons demands personal approaches to teaching. The purpose of conforming to Christ's image focuses the teaching process on evaluation and outcomes. Prayer is a significant factor in the teaching-learning process, impacting the learner, the teacher, and the learning environment.

 

10.2.2.4 Organizational Structure: The proposed By-Laws (Exhibit 11.8) provide organizational structure for the high school. The school is to be incorporated under NYS Education Law and is to be managed by a Board of Directors and an Executive Director. There are to be at least two classes of Directors: (a) those who represent founding schools and/or churches, and (b) at-large Directors. The Board will be responsible for general oversight of the Corporation and for the maintenance of its purposes and objectives. The Corporation will have no members and the Board will be self-perpetuating, in accordance with the by-laws.

 

The Board will have responsibility for Spiritual oversight of the Corporation’s activities, and the Executive Director will have day-to-day responsibility in this regard. The equivalent of Deaconal qualifications will be established for these positions.

 

10.2.2.5 Management: The proposed By-Laws establish that an Executive Director will head the school, as "Chief Executive Officer." This individual will maintain general control of the operation of the institution, under the authority of the Board. Qualifications and the selection process for the position have not been developed.

 

 

10.3 Project Organization

 

The Steering Committee has organized subcommittees for the purpose of addressing specific aspects of the project. The subcommittees are addressing matters related to facilities, property, presentation and feasibility, and program.

 

A three- stage model has provided the structure for the Committee’s work:

 

10.3.1 Stage I - Foundational Issues: This stage provided for the development of a general profile of the high school, addressing the nature and breadth of the ministry and program. The Committee identified the need for agreement on a Statement of Faith, Mission Statement, and Statement of Philosophy. This stage of the process has been completed.

 

10.3.2 Stage II - Feasibility and Organizational Issues: The second stage of the Committee's work involves the investigation and analysis of the feasibility of the development of the high school, definition of organization structure, and identification and definition of essential elements of the school’s operation and program. Much of this work has also been completed.

 

10.3.3 Stage III - Formation of Organization: The third stage of the project involves the actual formation of the organization and final planning for founding the high school. As the school cannot be incorporated until all planning is complete, the formation of the Capital Region Christian High School Foundation whas been initiated. The Foundation will serve as the umbrella organization under which final planning for the high school will be conducted.

 

Application for a State Charter for the high school (incorporation under NYS Education Law) will be made as soon as the required information is available. At that point, the high school corporation will take over leadership and control of the school’s development.

 

 

11. Exhibits

 

11.1 Members of the Steering Committee

11.2 Blueprint for Educational Excellence

11.3 Preliminary Space/Cost Evaluation

11.4 Property Requirement Analysis

11.5 Operating Expense Projections

11.6 CRCHS Foundation Certificate of Incorporation

11.7 CRCHS Foundation By-Laws

11.8 CRCHS By-Laws

Brian T. Bell

Crossroads Baptist Church, Albany

President, Abana (providing development and marketing assistance to Christian, non-profit organizations)

BA, The Kings College, Chemistry

MA, University at Albany, Public Policy (Concentration in Education Policy)

 

Wynn Englisbe

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Delmar

Business Owner, construction and residential inspection firm

BS, University of South Carolina, Chemical Engineering

 

Noleen Hathaway

Balltown Wesleyan Church, Schenectady

Teacher, Loudonville Christian School

BA, Central Wesleyan College, Physical Education

MA, Widener University, Computer Science Education

 

Paul D. Hayford

Loudonville Community Church, Loudonville

Associate in Educational Research, New York State Education Department

BA, University at Albany, English

MA, University at Albany, English

Ph.D., University at Albany, English

 

Jerry Hill

East Ridge Community Church, Troy

Educator - high school teacher and college instructor

BS, SUNY Cortland, Mathematics

MS, University at Buffalo, Mathematics

Additional post-graduate work at the University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute & San Diego State University

 

Terry Pilon

Bethlehem Community Church, Bethlehem

Homemaker

BS, State University of New York - Upstate Medical Center, Cytotechnology

MPH, University of Texas, School of Public Health

 

David J. Pollitzer (Secretary)

Loudonville Community Church, Loudonville

Principal Attorney, Herzog, Engstrom & Koplovitz, P.C.

BS, University of Pennsylvania, Economics

JD, LCC, St. John’s School of Law

 

Thomas Roemke

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Colonie

Principal, Our Savior’s Lutheran School, Colonie

BS, Concordia College, Elementary Education

MS, University at Albany, Education (Curriculum Development)

 

Michael W. Schafer, P.E.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Colonie

Principal, Resource Associates (Engineering Firm)

Board Chairman, Our Savior’s Lutheran School

MS, Cornell University, Engineering

 

David A. Wells (Chairman)

Loudonville Community Church, Loudonville

Headmaster, Loudonville Christian School

BA, Houghton College, Physical Education

MA, Grace Theological Seminary, Christian School Administration

Ed.D., Interamerican University, Educational Administration and Supervision

 

Andrew J. Zawacki

Light of the World Christian Church

Principal, Loudonville Christian School

BA, The King's College, History

MS, University at Albany, Educational Administration and Policy Studies