MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- Students at Marshalltown Christian School started 2016 classes in a brand new building.
The school had been operating in two locations in town, which were housed by churches. Now all the students are under one roof after a three-year, $1.6 million dollar fundraising campaign.
“Every week we had to pick up for evening events, at churches, they can now have their own space,” said Dr. Joan Gerbo, who serves as co-director of the school. “They can have centers which we haven’t had before, they are able to have their own teaching stations.”
The K-8 school was started in 2006. It offers a Christian-focused education with teachers certified by the state of Iowa and Christian Schools International. The building is on a nine-acre site off Seventh Street. Plans are in the works to add a chapel and a gymnasium down the road.
Gerbo said the school works to maintain high academic standards.
“We don’t allow any bullying here, we take behavior very seriously,” said Gerbo. “All of the parents are very involved in the life of the students here at school."