Students at Cullman Christian School

Students at Cullman Christian School are seen in this file photo.

Cullman Christian School will have a new home in the fall.

The Cullman Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit Monday night that will allow the school to move into the Beech Center, located at 1805 Beech Avenue SE and formerly the home of Grace Chapel Church.

School Headmaster Josh Swindall said the school's lease with Seventh Street Baptist Church ends in August, and the new building offers adequate classroom and gym space, along with a secure shelter area.

The school could also make some additions to the building or do some remodeling in the basement to create more classroom space if needed, he said.

Because the lease ends in August, the school's 135 students will be able to finish out the school year in their current location before making the move, Swindall said.

"We will begin transitioning to the building this summer to begin next school year," he said.

Swindall said Cullman Christian School's relationship with Seventh Street Baptist Church has been great during the time that the church has hosted the school, but the church is planning some renovations of its own and everyone at CCS is excited to move into their own building for the coming year.

"They have been great to the school over the years and have really been a blessing to Cullman Christian School," he said. "I have nothing but positive things to say about them and their partnership with us, but we are looking forward to having a place of our own."

He said Cullman Christian School still owns property on Golf Course Road that will eventually be the home of the school, and is working with an organization called Influencing Generations for Christ on a strategic plan to get a new facility built in the coming years.

"That's a long-term planning process," he said.

In other business, the commission:

  • Approved a short-form subdivision on 2nd Street SE between 1st Avenue SE and 2nd Avenue SE.
  • Approved Phase IV of The Flatts at Fischer Farms subdivision.
  • Approved a proposed site plan and conditional use request for Signature Smiles dental facility located on Warnke Circle NE.
  • Approved a proposed site plan for a parking lot addition for The Bulls Eye located on Cherokee Avenue SW.
  • Recommended the approval of an annexation on Main Avenue SW.
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