Rockford Christian Schools announced a new plan Monday to grow their campus by over 27,000 square feet.
The major expansion will include three new buildings: A recreational facility, a fine arts center, and a new residence hall for students from across the U.S. and overseas.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to have new cultures introduced not only to our school but to the Rockford community,” said Director Of Advancement Joe Sosnowski.
In all, the expansion will cost $16 million, but it won’t cost Rockford Christian a penny. Summit International, an American corporation that invests in educational institutions, will pay for it all — meaning tuition won’t increase.
“They’ll provide the capital, we’ll provide the operations and the schooling,” said Sosnowski. “Together, we’ll work together on recruiting students.”
Rockford Christian currently has about 80 international students enrolled. The new 4-story residence hall will have rooms for up to 200 students.
“We wouldn’t expect it would grow to that level initially,” said Sosnowki. “But, we think that realistically that in short term we could go from 80 to hopefully a decent amount over a hundred students and continue to grow each year after that.”
Sosnowski adds having students from other countries come to Rockford could lead to new business relationships and education for our area. “You’re bringing an international flare to Rockford. These are families and students that will likely be involved in our community and will go on to college in the United States.”
The expansion still needs city council approval before work can start. The property isn’t zoned for residential living. Rockford Christian filed an application to change that. Once that’s cleared, school leaders expect the project to be completed in 2019.