Veritas making progress on property
The elements of a permanent campus are beginning to emerge for Veritas School.
For now the private, pre-K through 12th grade Christian institution is operating out of modular units at the corner of Highway 219 and Northeast Bell. But the future is beginning to take shape on its five-acre property.
In the summer of 2017, Veritas moved its modular classrooms to its property from First Presbyterian Church; in recent years it has established a foothold on the property it hopes will house a permanent home in the future.
"At this point, we are just establishing the space we have with the buildings we have," headmaster Brian Lynch said. "As far as building a new permanent building, that's going to be a few years down the road at this point."
The property on which its permanent building will stand has added a paved parking lot, driveway, walkways and ramps, as well as extensive landscaping. The gardening club at Veritas has identified areas to build raised beds and the next big project will be completing an outdoor covered area just south of the school's main office. That area will work as an event space, physical education area, recess area and other uses.
In the center of its current modular campus, the school built a modular assembly hall last year that Lynch said is the center of Veritas's "academic village." In the assembly hall, the school of 230 students often meets or hosts events.
"It's a very good setup we have," Lynch said. "We're content. Obviously, we'd love to have the permanent building and eventually build it, but the modular classrooms work great."
Lynch noted that the school has been focused on finishing its existing accommodations and making it usable for students. Most of the money they have received for various projects has been internal, he said, but for future projects the school could seek outside help.
"We've had some significant donations from some foundations and people within our school community," Lynch said. "Once we start the field development, I'd imagine we would probably go outside for funding."
There is plenty to be excited about concerning, Lynch said. The track and field team is in its second year of existence and has a handful of athletes competing at the 1A level. The school plans to build new ball fields on its property to be used by other sports and potentially shared with other schools.
Lynch said the school will likely seek financial help from local institutions to build those fields and consult other Christian schools in the region about sharing use. For now, though, Lynch said he is happy with the changes the school has made on its campus as it prepares for the future.
"We look forward to having a permanent home someday," Lynch said. "But what we have right now is great for the kids and the community."
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