With nearly 1,000 in attendance, including former and current board members, students, current and former faculty and staff, alumni families, and one of the founders of the school, Cypress Christian School held a Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony for their new Campus Life Center and Gym on May 4, 2017.
Executive Director Stephen Novotny said, “We are thankful to open the doors of this wonderful new facility; and are thrilled for what this will mean for generations of students to come. We thank God for the generosity of so many who have provided this new facility to help us continue to fulfill our mission of honoring the Lord Jesus Christ by providing students an education based upon academic excellence and biblical values.”
During the ceremony, Mr. Novotny recognized project partners RWS Architects, Brookstone Construction and Frost Bank along with the chairmen of the Advancing Excellence Capital Campaign, Chad Braun and Bob Adam, and CCS Operations and Project Manager David Swan for their dedication and hard work to complete the project before the end of the school year.
The prayer of dedication was led by Marsha Martin, CCS Athletic Director of nearly 20 years. She expressed how she and others have hoped, planned and dreamed of a new gym for many years, but this facility is even more amazing than any of us could imagine. Her heartfelt prayer is that we may use this wonderful facility to teach, train, minister and be a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.
After the ceremony, students and guests toured the building. “It was such a blessing to see the joy on the faces of everyone as they walked through the new building for the first time,” said Admissions Director Angie Ramirez, “especially founder Jim West and his wife Carolyn, who were part of the original committee who established the school in 1978.”
The overall cost of the new building was over 5.5 million dollars, and the school has raised more than 3.3 million dollars in cash and pledges to fund the project. The 27,000 square foot facility houses a collegiate-size gym, cheer/multi-purpose room, athletic locker rooms, training room, staff offices, spirit store, concession area, business offices, conference room and admissions and advancement offices. For more information about this project, please call 281.469.8829 or visit the website at CypressChristian.org.
Shown in ribbon cutting photo: Executive Planning Committee members: Bob Adam (Campaign Co-Chair), Chad Braun (Campaign Co-Chair and current board member), Jim Boyd (former board member), Greg Petru (current board member), Shannon Moore (current board member), Gary Bodukoglu, Melinda Bodukoglu, Todd Fisk; current board members Trey Nicholson (chairman), Chuck Macune, Ian Achterkirch; former board members Bud Landrum, Lisa Gwyn, Mike Slabic; Executive Director Stephen Novotny and Director of Operations David Swan