Oklahoma Christian School is using a measured recipe — a mix of faith, planning and hard work — to raise funds for new facilities including a high school and a multipurpose building.

The private Edmond school is in the midst of an effort to raise $3.5 to $5 million for its fundraising campaign, “Building a Legacy.”

The money will be used to fund construction on a $2.6 million multi-purpose building, and $900,000 for new middle school classrooms. On the future projects list is a $5.3 million high school.

OCS wants to have $3.5 million in place before breaking ground in March 2006. It hopes to raise the remaining $1.5 million by June 2006.

The goals are part of a $16.9 million plan that also calls for a gymnasium, a Saints Boulevard and an early childhood center. Other projects include landscaping improvements and a transportation center.

It’s a lofty goal, said OCS Headmaster Dallas Caldwell, but through prayer, faith and hard work, it can be reached.

“In my faith, I believe that what we are doing, if we’re careful to seek and serve the Lord, it doesn’t matter if it’s a $1 million project or a $100 million project,” Caldwell said. “God’s never intimidated.”

A sizable amount of money already has been donated. As of Dec. 12, gifts and pledges had been received from 154 donors, including all OCS faculty and board members, totaling $1.6 million.

Campaign Chairman Kent Ogle said he is grateful for the support shown thus far. The campaign is about investing in the lives of children, both those currently enrolled and those yet to come, he said.

Caldwell said a pressing need at the school is more classrooms for middle school students.

OCS is located on a 31-acre campus east of I-35 and south of Second Street, next to LifeChurch.tv’s Edmond campus.

OCS leases the upper elementary building, which houses fifth- and sixth-graders, from LifeChurch.tv. That lease expires in 2007.

As a result, OCS decision-makers are considering a 10-month construction schedule, Caldwell said.

“This capital campaign has an urgency to it that many of our parents don’t realize,” he said. “We have to act now in order for OCS students to have classrooms and programmatic space in the 2007-2008 school year without missing a beat.”

Plans call for the fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms, currently housed in the upper elementary building, to be moved to the expanded middle school.

The move would create a grade 5-8 middle school.

Current plans have the multi-purpose building being completed by August 2007.

The 14,700 square foot facility would be centrally located between the middle school and the football field. It will contain a central kitchen, a multi-purpose room, locker rooms, a weight room and a concession area.

Portions of the facility would be open to use by non-OCS groups and organizations, Caldwell said.

The 52,251-square-foot high school will include state-of-the-art science labs and technologies, a library/media room, space for the arts, health classrooms, lockers, a spirit store and a serving kitchen.

OCS has more than 850 students in grades pre-K-12. All students pay tuition, which, for the 2005-06 school year was $5,300 for a student in grades 7-12. About 100 students receive tuition assistance, up to a maximum of $600 per individual.

Coinciding with the campaign, prayers are being offered for wisdom, strength, health and encouragement for campaign workers.

Julie Hargrove chairs the committee guiding prayer for the campaign.

Hargrove said prayers are asking that the financial goals will be met, that the timetable will be followed and that the school continues to follow its mission: To partner with families in educating the whole person to glorify God.

Caldwell said OCS repeatedly has been blessed by its relationship with Edmond, which has many good schools. OCS provides another option, he said.

When relocating, many families want to know about Christian schools, he said.

OCS has a specific role to fill, he said.

“We want to be an integral part of a Christ-centered education in Edmond,” Caldwell said. “Edmond is a great community with a lot of great things. We just want to be another great thing in the Edmond community.”

The school wants to give Edmond as much as it has received, Caldwell said.

The first phase of the plan included code compliance in the high school and elementary school, renovating the high school, modifying water features and building a playground and an amphitheater.

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