Clovis Christian School hopes to consolidate campuses

Illustration: David Petty Phase I of Clovis Christian’s east campus is the left wing. The rest of the construction, phase II, will cost $6 million.

Clovis Christian School has had two buyers interested in their secondary campus on Hinkle Street this year.

The school is hoping to sell the 98-year-old building to move the entire school population to their east campus on Humphrey Road, creating a comprehensive one-campus Christian school.

Board member David Petty said the plan has no timeline because the school can’t be sure of when they will have the funding to make the dream come true.

“We’re counting on the sale, the money from the sale to support new construction at the newer campus,” said Superintendent Ladona Clayton.

Clayton said secondary population would be moved to additions if the Hinkle building were to sell before the full project could be funded.

Clayton said the east campus is currently housing 175 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grades. Moving the 50 secondary students and staff would mean adding five classrooms and four office areas, Clayton said.

Both locations are almost at capacity, Clayton said, with one free room at the east campus and the school’s lone portable being used at the east campus to move music and the library out of the Hinkle building to make room for enrollment expansions.

The east campus opened in early January 2008 and is the first of two construction phases planned at the site. Phase I came in at 32,700 square feet, Petty said and phase II will be 61,000 square feet.

Phase I cost $3 million — all of which came from donations — and Petty said the remaining construction will cost about $6 million.

Clayton said the board’s vision for a one-campus Christian school includes modern construction that builds technology into the design.

Over the past summer, Clovis Christian began to build their own football field behind the school on Humphrey but had drainage issues. Clayton said the drainage issues were resolved but the school decided they didn’t need the field at this time.

Clayton said having one campus will make things better for faculty and families.

“We want the faculty to be able to interact. We were originally on one campus and the relationships cultivated are much stronger when you can just walk down the hall and talk to someone,” she said. “We can’t do that now.”

For families, it’s a matter of convenience.

“For parents who have children in different age groups, it would make it a lot easier on them,” Petty said.

The master plan also includes football, baseball practice and maintenance fields, a bus and maintenance shop and two gyms. The first gym was built with phase I.