Decatur Heritage looks to expand

By Bobby Shuttleworth - bio | email

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - The building may be new, but Decatur Heritage Christian Academy is already seeing some rapid growth according to Headmaster Scott Mayo.

"Currently at 387 students, I can take maybe another 80. We picked up at the end of last year 40 more students. Another year like that and I'm our of room,"said Mayo.

So now they are talking about expansion.

Mayo says the largest increases in enrollment involve students in kindergarten, first grade, sixth and ninth grades.

"6th grade and 9th grade are two other areas where in the parents mind, it's a transition area, at that part in time they do start to look around. This year we've just been blessed," Mayo said.

He says this year they must work on re-accreditation, plus strategic planning, and a feasibility study.

"Our track record was such that we wanted to be cautiously optimistic. It's just been a great thing for us. We've been able to give a salary increase to our teachers. That was something we committed to over time," added Mayo.

There could be as many as 12 classrooms added. An athletic field will also mean 'Friday night lights' will be at the eagle's nest.

There is plenty of room for growth, and that expansion could take place as early as next fall.

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