With only a few weeks to go, organizers of Cullman Christian School say they have a more to do to get ready for the first day of school on Aug. 7, but they have accomplished a good deal so far.

Three teachers have been placed on staff, with the search on for one more, said Allison Siegenthaler, president of the school board.

The instructors hired to date include Rebecca Cochran, Robin Bowling Cook and Barbara Still.

Cochran will be teaching history, physical education and heading up the school’s cross-country team. Cook will teach English and head up the debate and Scholar’s Bowl teams. Still will teach science. The board is in the process of searching for a math instructor.

Bible classes will be taught on a rotating basis by pastors from the various churches involved in the creation of the school.

The Rev. Andrew Siegenthaler, a board member and pastor of Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, which is providing the space for the school facility, described the school as an independent school formed by about six different churches of varying denominations.

This first year, the school will teach only seventh and eighth grades. Hopes are to enroll 15 to 20 students. Classes will be held in the youth center building of Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church on St. Joseph Drive.

School board member Tina Warner said the small class size is one of the advantages of the new school.

Allison Siegenthaler agreed.

“That’s one of the best things we offer, second to a Christ centered education,” she said.

Andrew Siegenthaler said he enjoyed the process of developing the school’s statement of faith and philosophy of education by discussing theology with the other board members.

Everyone worked well together, he said, which says a lot about the religious community in Cullman.

For the most part, the school will follow the Cullman City Schools calendar, except for the time around the Thanksgiving holiday, when its schedule will be the same as St. Paul’s Lutheran School.

The school day will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. and include a full curriculum.

Hot lunches will not be provided. There is a kitchen where students can store their lunch in refrigerators.

While not yet accredited, the school is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. Allison Siegenthaler explained new schools are not be eligible to apply for accreditation for the first few years.

“Our goal is to seek that as soon as those requirements have been met,” she said.

There is a $100 non-refundable application fee for potential students. Tuition can be paid on a monthly or quarterly basis, with the annual tuition of $4,900 for the monthly schedule and $4,600 for the quarterly schedule. A one-time payment of $4,500 is also allowed. Annual tuition for a second child is $3,700 on the monthly schedule, $3,600 on a quarterly schedule or $3,500 for a one-time payment. Tuition covers books and all other fees with the exception of extracurricular activities.

Enrollment for the 2006-2007 school year continues through July 21.

Beginning next year, the school will offer classes for students in grades K-9.

For more information, visit the school’s Web site, www.cullmanchristian.org, or call 739-0505.

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