Construction of our permanent home is moving ahead, and we are grateful that so many in our community were able to help us memorialize and commemorate the pouring of the SL/R foundation by signing the foundation over Mother's Day weekend.
What's Next Since We've Reached the Initial Milestone?
The $4M milestone met through our Carpe Futurum campaign in the fall of 2016 represents the equity contribution requested by our lenders to close on financing for construction on Phase I of our campus development. After achieving that milestone, our financing closed in December 2016, and site work construction began in January 2017.
What Does All of this Mean for the 2017-2018 School Year?
The Grammar School (GS) was projected to be on our permanent campus in the GS Villages the entire 2017-2018 school year, but with a last minute twist, has demonstrated true adability and is currently split between Christian Life Church (grades PreK-2) and Austin Oaks Church (grades 3 &4). The current construction schedule targets a move-in over the holidays, with classes resuming in 2018 on our permanent campus. The Schools of Logic and Rhetoric (SL/R) will join them during the spring, around Easter Break (barring abnormal delays)! Until then, the upper schools will remain at Austin Oaks Church.
Although we recognize that housing the school on more than one site is not ideal, we are thankful for the generosity of Austin Oaks Church and Christian Life Church who have hosted us as we transition to our permanent campus. Rest assured that the school is taking every step we can to have our future campus ready for occupancy as early as possible, while being sure that our desire for a quick construction period will not sacrifice the craftsmanship and planning necessary to have campus buildings that will stand the test of time. Please pray for a smooth and quick construction process.
Is Our Overall Goal still $6M?
Yes, since the development of our permanent campus is scheduled to be completed in phases, $4M was the fundraising needed to begin the Phase I building process, while additional fundraising is necessary to begin Phase 2 (the community center/gym!). A task force is currently studying the feasibility of various alternatives for accelerating the construction of a gym, but each alternative will require additional equity. As details regarding the timing and cost of Phase 2 are determined, we will update the community.
How Can I Give?
We ask that before you give, you and your spouse pray together about how God is speaking to you about the stewardship of the resources that He has entrusted to you. After praying and being in agreement with one another, please complete a Commitment Letter and drop it off in the Main/Grammar School Office, mail it to Veritas Academy attn: Carpe Futurum, or hand it to a member of the Campaign Team. For more ideas on ways to invest to help expand the vision and mission of Veritas, we have compiled a Ways of Giving list. Additionally, after returning a Commitment Letter, gifts over time can be setup as recurring payments on our online giving page.