The board and administration of Mingo Valley Christian are pleased to announce the purchase of a new facility to serve as a permanent home for the 40-year-old institution, beginning in the 2017-18 school year. The property is located at 8304 S 107th East Avenue in Tulsa, in the building that currently houses Hope Worship Center. The ten-acre property has frontage on Highway 169 (Mingo Valley Expressway).
The existing building on the new property has 24,300 square feet and, after a renovation this summer, will house all elementary classrooms. Plans are underway to erect an adjacent 13,600 square-foot building to serve middle-school and upper-school students. This construction will be completed in time for school to open on August 17, 2017. Additionally, there are plans to construct a full-sized soccer field and bleachers before the 2017-18 soccer season.
Dr. Boyd Chitwood, superintendent, explains the significance of this purchase to the community of Mingo Valley Christian: “With this new campus purchase, we have a home and a future--a place to connect, to learn in community, and a place to grow. We call a building a facility because it facilitates or makes possible something we seek to do. We desire to educate children for their good and to God’s glory. We are committed to pursuing the fullness of God’s created intent for each of our students, a strong approach to personalized learning. This building will, in incredible new ways, allow us to do that. We have new potential for real change in academics, in athletics and in the arts – today, two years from now and twenty years from now.”
The renovations and construction in the summer of 2017 are only the first phase of development for the property. Dr. Chitwood explains that “further out, perhaps three years, on the timetable which the Lord gives us, we have developed plans for a gymnasium. We have plans for continuing improvement of our production and performance spaces for dramatic and musical programs. We also intend to construct an additional classroom building which will allow us to have two class sections per grade, grades K4 through 12th. In this building, we would also expect to have additional assembly, dining and educational spaces. Each phase includes advances in technology throughout the facility and continuing improvements to the beauty and welcoming character of the entire campus.”
Mingo Valley Christian remains committed to the quality of relationships and community as a school. According to Dr. Chitwood, the board and administration see an optimal size for the school eventually totaling 500 to 600 students, with two class sections per grade, K4 through 12th, intending about 8-10% enrollment growth per year. “This is a rate which gives us advantages and improvements each year, while offering the right pace of growth for hiring the best faculty and preserving the cohesion and quality of our relationships as a school community,” he says. “We won’t grow there in the quickest way, but in the best way.”
“MVC has developed a unique profile and impact over the last 40 years in the Tulsa community by consistently focusing first on serving spiritual needs by building biblical faith, knowledge and character in the hearts and minds of students,” says Board Chairman Ed Thomas. “The school has single mindedly cultivated a culture that celebrates partnering with families, serving others, and pursuing excellence. MVC has always been led and staffed by individuals who are passionate about teaching from a biblically infused and academically challenging curriculum and providing godly role models to students both in and outside the classroom.” The school will close on the purchase transaction and take ownership of the property on April 27, with move-in occurring in phases over the summer. Plans are underway for an open house for donors and alumni in the fall of 2017.
Click here to see the fun video the school used to announce the location of the property to the current families and faculty!