An update on activities and needs at the Berean Christian Academy in Monett was provided by Administrator Ron Howerton for the Monett Kiwanis Club at last week's meeting.
Howerton, pastor of the Fundamental Methodist Church, reviewed the history of the Christian school, how area pastors organized it in 2003 and opened classes at the Fundamental Methodist Church in Easyville. Ground was broken for the two-story, 6,000-square-foot building east of Monett in October 2004 and classes began there in January 2005.
Classes are taught four days a week from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and include daily chapel services. Howerton provides administrative support but attributed the educational direction to the principal. A computer-based curriculum offers the instructional approach.
Five graduated in May. During the past school year, around four students took additional classes at the Southwest Area Career Center. Some of the graduates go on to college, Howerton said.
The undertaking faces a number of challenges. Although the school building was designed for 95 students, Howerton said 100 appears to be the break-even point. The school expects to have 75 to 80 students in the fall.
Finances continue to be a major concern. When the school began, tuition was $800 a year. Presently, annual tuition is $3,000. Scholarships can pay half of the tuition. Tuition covers 70 percent of school expenses. The rest comes from contributions. Howerton said the school needs more church support.
One of the obstacles is having a well on the school property. Howerton said the well has developed problems, and it may cost up to $40,000 to correct the issue.
Howerton said Berean Christian Academy provides a valuable addition to education resources in the area and will strive to continue its mission.
Kiwanis President Frank Washburn presided. Randy Henderson was the program chairman.
In club news, it was announced the regional Kiwanis convention will be held Aug. 4 through Aug. 7 in Hot Springs, Ark.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets at noon on
Tuesdays for a meal and a program, usually at Happy House restaurant.