UPLAND – The Upland Christian Schools property will be undergoing some transformations before the school reopens in the fall as Western Christian Schools’ Upland campus.
The buildings will get a fresh coat of paint, some landscaping, a new gymnasium floor, updated signs and upgrades.
Western Christian Schools’ administrators have hired an architect who is looking at ways to expand the football field, said Karen Winter, superintendent of Western Christian Schools.
“Actually we’re kind of working on several things simultaneously, so we’re doing a lot in a short period of time,” Winter said.
At least one tradition Western Christian intends on keeping in tact is Upland Christian’s use of inspirational sayings under their school name signs.
Western Christian Schools’ is attempting to acquire certain assets of Upland Christian Schools. Escrow is expected to close any day, Winter said.
“We’ve gotten permission to be doing the things that we’re doing,” Winter said. “All of the financing and everything was approved for quite some time.”
The school was recently approved to receive $12 million in revenue bonds to be used on the Upland campus from the Colorado Education and Cultural Facilities Authority through the Upland City Council.
“I think Upland is excited that a Christian school, along with all the other schools we have, a Christian school is going to stay where it was, and I hope it will be a strong site and a strong campus for years to come,” said Upland Mayor John Pomierski.
Western Christian Schools has been getting phone calls from interested families in Upland and other surrounding cities.
“It’s looking really positive, and we’re actually doing several tours and interviews everyday, so it’s been really positive,” Winter said. “We’re getting a lot of interest all the way from preschool all the way up through high school.”
The schools developed a busing program for students who live outside of Upland, including the students who were attending the Western Christian High School campus in Covina.
“Not only do we have free busing, but also we have let people know that we have partial scholarships,” Winter said. “So we’re willing to look at family needs – that’s always been a priority for the school.”
Information: www.westernchristian.org, High School: (626) 967-0733, preschool to 8th grade, Claremont campus: (909) 624-8291.