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New Christian school forming to replace Heritage Christian School

Teresa Ristow
A steering committee is hoping to continue Christian education in the area by creating a Steamboat Christian School following the closure of Heritage Christian School at the end of this school year. The new school would be at the same location, but use fewer classrooms, combine grades and employ fewer teachers than the current program.
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If you go:

What: Kindergarten roundup for Steamboat Christian School

When: Noon or 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9

Where: Heritage Christian School, 27285 Brandon Circle

Information: Email ktnmccombs@gmail....

— A newly formed steering committee plans to create a new K-12 Christian school following the closure of Heritage Christian School west of Steamboat Springs at the end of the school year.

The new Steamboat Christian School would utilize the existing structure of the private school and continue to charge tuition but would be rebranded with a new name and run by a new, yet-to-be-formed board of directors, according to Katy McCombs, a current Heritage Christian School teacher who is one of four members of the new program’s steering committee.

McCombs said the new school would rent some classrooms at the Heritage Christian School site, but not the entire building, and would combine classes to save costs of teacher salaries.

Fewer teachers and reduced overhead related to the space would allow the program to operate in the black, said McCombs, who is on the steering committee with another current teacher, a school secretary and an outgoing Heritage Christian School board member.

McCombs said she envisions the new school employing three teachers and a principal, versus the current Heritage Christian School, which employs 10 teachers, two office staff members and one administrator, according to the school’s site.

McCombs said other positions could be part-time or contracted as needed.

The school would offer half- and full-day programs, teaching core courses during the first half of the day and aiming to incorporate more field trips and experiential learning during the second half of the day.

There would be one class for kindergarteners, one for first through fifth grade and one for all junior high and high school students, McCombs said.

“We’re really excited to be doing this and to be making a school that can really function and can teach Christian values,” McCombs said.

A kindergarten roundup for new kindergarten students is scheduled for either noon or 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Christian School for families with preschool students to learn about the new program. Preschool students are welcome attend with parents to see the school, McCombs said.

For more information, email ktnmccombs@gmail.com.

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