August 2, 2009
LIMA — A new addition to Quest Academy will allow the community school to give some space between elementary and middle school-aged children.
The school plans to construct a 10,000-square-foot building to the east side of the current facility at Philippian Missionary Baptist Church. The new building will be attached to the existing gymnasium.
Older pupils will likely be in the new building, with lower grades remaining in the current facility, which will also undergo some updating and remodeling.
“We are trying to create more of a separation from the elementary to the middle school,” said school founder, the Rev. LaMont Monford. “There is a different kind of mindset once you get into the upper grades, more liberties and more responsibility placed upon older students.”
Quest purchased just more than two acres of land from its property owner. The church already owns an adjoining two acres. The cost of the project isn’t being released.
The school, with nearly 170 pupils, takes kindergartners through seventh-graders. It will expand to include eighth grade beginning in the fall of 2011. The school opened in 2000 at the former Jefferson School building, and moved to its current location two years later. The church turned the old sanctuary into the school.
The new addition will make for an updated school building, Monford said, that will especially meet technology needs. It will be wireless, and will include science and computer labs.
“It is just going to be a better atmosphere to learn in,” Monford said. “Not that we think a building is what really makes education what education needs to be, but it does enhance it and it is a necessary tool.”
A timetable for the project is unknown, but Monford said preliminary drawings are being tweaked and the project is getting ready to go out to bid.
Quest is also bringing a nationally known teacher to Lima this month. Ron Clark will speak at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 12 at the UNOH Event Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For information, call 419-225-5196. More such events will be coming, Monford said.
“We are bringing in success stories, people who are in the trenches dealing with urban environments,” he said, saying they will benefit not just Quest, but educators around the area.