Suddenly Last Summer - Mansfield Christian School

Suddenly Last Summer

Dr. Cy Smith August 31, 2022

Suddenly Last Summer                                                                           

Parents from Gen X may recognize the title of this short article as a hit song released by The Motels in 1983. The phrase seemed fitting to describe an incredible summer of facility and property improvements at MCS in the summer of 2022! Outside of the new building added in 2008, I cannot remember a summer when so many physical upgrades were pursued the same time.

Our facilities director, maintenance crew, and subcontractors, worked relentlessly each day from the first t week in June to the first day of school in August. We are so thankful that they 

have chosen to serve the Lord with their skills and talents at MCS!

Using individual donations, federal funding (COVID relief), the facility fee, grant awards, and careful budgeting, here are many of the improvements made suddenly last summer:

· Phase 4 paving of the back lot; semicircle and elementary lot

· New windows throughout the building! Tinted with 32 new AC units! New window sills

· Many classrooms were repainted; junior high hallway painted

· New carpet and paint in the offices; the HS office will get new furniture in September

· New ceiling tiles and lights in the secondary hallways

· New fencing and top soil for the David Robinson Memorial Soccer Fields

· New access road to the East Campus for Daycare and Independent Studies

· New bathroom partitions in the high school, junior high, and locker rooms

· New HS Gym roof

· New furniture and equipment in the secondary art room

· Renovations at East Campus; handicapped accessible entrance, IS offices relocated

· New greenhouse delivered with construction to begin soon

On top of all this, we started two major construction projects at the entrances of Door 3 (HS) and Door 5 (Athletics). Both entrance renovations will make our building more secure and customer-friendly, and are on track to finish by late fall/early winter. Thank you for your patience in the car-lines as we work around the new construction zones.

As I stated at parent orientation in August, our pursuit of excellence requires the best facilities and resources. The excellence we require of the faculty and programs must be matched by facilities and resources for an outstanding Christian school experience. We will not settle for “good enough” or be content with something that is mediocre. A former president at Cedarville Univ. was fond of saying, “Anything done in the name of Christ should have quality stamped all over it.” I couldn’t agree more and am so thankful for God’s blessing and provision for MCS!

What an exciting time to be a member of our school family! Praying you have a wonderful school year.

Dr. Cy J. Smith


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