BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – Tri-Cities Christian Schools (TCCS), which in 2018 began taking dramatic steps to bring its “fiscal house in order,” will come under Morristown, Tenn.-based Lakeway Christian Schools, TCCS Director of Operations Brad Davis said Monday.
TCCS, which currently has about 210 students, referred in a post to its Facebook page late Sunday to its “addition … to the Lakeway Christian Schools family.” Lakeway representatives are set to host a meeting at TCCS Thursday evening “to share their vision for the future of TCCS and to answer any questions.”
Davis said TCCS leaders reached out to Lakeway last year. “Certainly there was the need for financial stability, and the strength of coming together like that … when you have ministries is just invaluable,” Davis said.
He said leaders of both schools discovered they shared a common approach to Christian education. “It was a time certainly that we were struggling financially, no question about that, yet we had watched God provide all along and then this privilege, I would call it, opened up for us to be able to contact them.”
Lakeway, which is in a growth campaign of its own as it works to complete a new 200,000-square-foot building, will essentially take over TCCS operations. Davis said paperwork has begun and the process will take several months to complete. TCCS, which Davis said would keep its name and mascot, currently has 210 students at two campuses, its main facility in Blountville and a pre-school in Gray.
Davis said TCCS, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools, offers a “complete education” with “a Biblical worldview from every perspective.”
He said that from its beginning in 1973, TCCS has operated by faith, with leaders relying on about 20 percent of the budget to “come in by faith” during a typical year.
Davis said “great interest” in TCCS’s offerings in recent months has leaders anticipating significant enrollment growth for next school year. “Our projection is that we could start up next year with 50 more students than we have right now, maybe even more than that.”
No job reductions due to efficiencies are anticipated at this time, Davis said.
Lester Lattany, who chaired TCCS’s board in mid-2018, led a $250,000 fundraising effort over the summer of 2018 for the school to “bring fiscal order to this organization,” according to a WJHL report. TCCS, which once boasted elementary campuses in Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport and Blountville, has been operating only out of Blountville and Gray for several years.
Lakeway’s building campaign, which includes a 2,000-seat football stadium and 1,200-seat performing arts center, according to the academy’s website, was first set for occupancy in September. The project has been delayed twice.