TCPS expansion 'so far, so good'

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 2/3/20

Earth moving equipment operators are busy moving dirt at the site where Tennessee Christian Preparatory School is constructing a new school on Stuart Road.The acreage is located across the street …

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TCPS expansion 'so far, so good'

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Earth moving equipment operators are busy moving dirt at the site where Tennessee Christian Preparatory School is constructing a new school on Stuart Road.

The acreage is located across the street from First Baptist Church of Cleveland, which sold the 40-acre property last year to a group of the private school's supporters.

Included in the purchase was First Baptist’s Family Life Center, a 23,727-square-foot facility constructed in 1965.

TCPS Interim President Jim Callis said he is pleased with the project’s progress.

“So far, so good,” he said.

Callis said earth movers are currently working at the top of the hill of the property where the new school will be constructed on approximately 20 acres.

The former Family Life Center will be renovated, Callis said.

In addition, a new structure will be built, which will connect to the existing builidng, bringing the total square footage to 43,000 square feet, including a 7,700-square-foot pre-school.

The Lower School will be located in the remodeled building, which he said should be completed within six to eight months.

“We are currently working with architects on the design for the addition,” Callis said He added he expected design plans would be ready by Feb. 7.

The new addition will consist of space for an administration building, as well as classrooms for grades 6 to 12, referred to as the Upper School.

Construction of the new building is expected to be completed within 12 months.

The Lewis Group, of Knoxville, is the architectural firm hired by TCPS to design the new school.

“We are very appreciate of Lewis Group,” Callis said.

The 250-student school is embarking on a major fundraising campaign for the new school, which will be officially launched later this year.

Currently, the private school’s campus is located on Lee Highway, where the former Tomlinson College operated from 1966 to 1992. TCPS has occupied the site since 1997. The property is owned by the Church of God of Prophecy.

TCPS, a co-educational day school, is accredited by the Tennessee Department of Education.

The school accepts students from preschool to 12th grade.

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