Posted on 07 June 2013.
Lake Norman Christian School
has completed its second year at the former Davidson IB Middle School building on South Street in Davidson, and hired a new Head of School who officials say “will lead them into an era of development and growth.”
Meanwhile, the school also announced this week that it’s adding adds a 4-year old Kindergarten (K4) program as it prepares for its sixth year of serving families want a Christian education for their children.
Dr. Wes Johnston, a California native with paternal roots in colonial North Carolina, recently took over the reins from the school’s founding leader, Sarah Beam. Johnston has 20 years’ educational leadership experience in Maine, California, and Florida. He has served as a private school administrator in a variety of settings including a technical, residential school for homeless children, a boarding school dedicated solely to experiential education for students with learning disabilities, and college preparatory schools. His expertise is in strategic development and values innovation for schools capable of thinking outside the box.
Dr. J, as some students affectionately call him, said he was drawn to Lake Norman Christian School after seeing its growth potential in a premier region of North Carolina.
“I am energized by creative planning and implementation,” Johnston said in a statement. “I have not experienced the level of enthusiasm for a school that I see among our families. Many are gung ho to make LKNC a school of excellence among the other fine educational programs in Davidson.”
Lake Norman Christian School is leasing its building from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. It’s a block from the downtown Davidson shopping district and nearby Davidson College.
“This stately school building was once the home of Davidson Elementary and later the International Baccalaureate school. It is now the pride and joy of our families and staff and a very suitable facility for our new development phase,” said Lake Norman Christian Board Chair Ken Jones, whose twin sons are entering the 9th grade.
The school board is currently involved in a number of important tasks including strategic planning and dual accreditation through AdvancEd and the Association of Christian Schools International. One year from now, it will honor the first of many graduating classes. New enrollment standards have been established in order to build and maintain a reputation of academic rigor in a safe, wholesome, and nurturing environment grounded in the Christian faith.
The school plans an Aug. 15 Back to School Night and Open House. School starts again on Monday, Aug. 19.