With the first few days of school under its belt, Bradenton Christian School formally held a grand opening for the new middle school building Friday morning.
Middle school students, faculty, administrators, school board members, donors, builders and special guests attended the ceremony outside the entrance to the building on the southwest portion of campus. Class dedication bible verses are imprinted on bricks and are laid outside the front entrance to the building.
“This new building will be an amazing tool in the hands of our excellent Christian teachers to prepare the hearts and minds of God’s children,” Superintendent Dan Vande Pol said in a statement. “With the abundance of technology, modern chemistry lab, natural light and comfortable feel, our middle schoolers will grow and flourish in this beautiful setting.”
The 16,621-square-foot building contains nine classrooms each equipped with document cameras, projectors, tablets and wireless access points as well as Chromebooks for each students. Two science labs are included with one equipped with Forward Vision 1 student octagon workstations with their own sinks, water, gas and electric.
Extra wide hallways in the building allow for social interaction, devotions, announcements and a more enjoyable “middle school experience.”
Enrollment at Bradenton Christian School is at a record high of over 820 students with 218 students in middle school, according to officials.
Oden Hardy Construction is the general contractor of this project that was completed in less than seven months. Zoller Autrey Architects, ZNS Engineering, Datum Technologies, Westbay Landscape, Keeton Office Supply and Virco were all major companies involved in the project.