First Baptist Church of Ferris considers opening school
By 07/13/2000 00:00:00
by Diane du Clair
Ferris City Council unanimously approved referral to the Planning and Zoning Commission of a request from the First Baptist Church for a special use permit for a nursery-day care school through kindergarten. Harley Yates, Deacon and Chairman of the Feasibility Committee for the church was present to answer questions.
'I feel like this is a good opportunity for Ferris to start a Day Care, and if it grows on into things it will benefit the town as well as the school. Many parents can't afford to send their children down…' said Yates outside the meeting, making a motion with his hands as if indicating another Christian academy in another community.
In response to questions from Council Members, Yates indicated that the church requires City approval first, followed by State approval, and finally approval by the membership of the church. They hope to start the school in September or October. Facility modification planned at this time is limited to the addition of a chain link fence between the buildings for the playground.
'We plan on going on up if we can,' said Yates when asked by Council Member Fred Pontley what the future plans were. 'There's a need for it in this town, the people are saying. It would be called Ferris Christian Academy. It will be separate from the church, have a separate Board of Directors and all. Yes, we would like to go on up, even to High School.'
'So, basically, you're going to be a private school, with certified teachers and everything?' asked Council Member Lori Perkins, receiving a positive answer from Yates.
'It's a good alternative to have,' Chief of Police Jeff Cottongame stated, outside the meeting, 'but I'm a firm believer in the Public Schools. City Attorney Richard Wilson noted that the Council's only required action at this time was to decide whether to refer the request to Planning and Zoning Commission for their recommendation. He indicated that the Commission's recommendation would then be forwarded to the Council for action.