Heritage Christian Academy holds groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II
Heritage Christian Academy held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for Phase II of their school located at 21 Richardson Road just off Highway 43 north in Picayune.
Dr. Jeremy Williams, headmaster of the school, addressed those in attendance on this monumental occasion for the school stating “this is a great morning when we get to stand next to a building that was created two years ago and realize that we have filled that building up.”
The Phase II expansion will allow the school, which currently has grades K-6 to offer classes through the 8th grade.
Williams said there are many reasons for the school as he made reference to the students as why those who work in and support the school, do what they do.
“We build communities in our school as we live life together and as we support one another," he stated.
Williams also added that the long-range future is to continue grow the school so that the current students will be able to complete their entire education through high school at Heritage.
After the ceremony, Williams said students that attend the school are from the local communities of Picayune, Carriere, McNeill, and it also has students from as far away as Poplarville.
The school is a member of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) and Southern Association of colleges and schools (SACS) and is a 501(c)3 organization governed by a Board of Directors.
Brooks Wallace, a board member at Heritage, said the building will be built to allow the school to grow as the number of students increases. Wallace explained the current classrooms in place that house the entire school (grades kindergarten through six grade) will almost be used for kindergarten through first grade.
Wallace said that Phase II will be built with the plan to construct the entire building, but only build out the interior for four classrooms that are immediately needed due to attendance growth. This approach, he explained, would then allow for a very quick build out of the remainder of the classrooms when needed. Wallace said the long-range plan is to have the school be built to form a horse shoe like formation with a courtyard in the middle of the buildings.