istory of Tipton Christian School
The Summer of 2003 will be a summer to remember for years to come. When school consolidation hits a community, many communities choose just to throw up their hands and quit. The Tipton community, on the other hand, chose to raise their hands in an unanimous vote to build their own school. They then joined their hands in prayer, and shortly thereafter used their hands to grab shovels, hammers and saws and began construction on a new school. In a mere 6 weeks, a brand new school, to house the kindergarden through 5th grade, was completed. This extraordinary feat had other communities looking at Tipton in awe.
The threat of the district closing the Tipton Elementary School became an unfortunate reality. The thought of children being bussed to another town and the economic impact it could have, had the Tipton community looking at other avenues. The Tipton community hoped to run the kindergarten through eighth grades private under the Tipton Catholic High School. After meeting with the Bishop, he made the decision to allow the high school to absorb only the junior high. Several town meetings were held, but the grand-daddy of them all took place on June 11, 2003 when the community voted overwhelmingly to continue to educate their children in their home community and to build a school that would house the kindergarten through 5th grade.
On Sunday, June 22, 2003 a ground breaking ceremony was held. And without delay that afternoon the foundation to the Tipton Christian School was dug. Neither age nor gender kept anyone from helping--so much work had to be done. As volunteers were working on the building, others were gathering and repairing a menagerie of desks and chairs. And don't forget these people had to eat! Volunteers made sure workers were properly fed.In just 41 short days the Tipton Christian school went not just from an empty lot to a building, but to a school filled with desks, chairs, books and an array of needed materials-ready for the 2003-2004 school year. Not only did the community raise a school building--they also raised enough money to fund the school for the first year. Teachers were hired, committees were formed and the doors were opened for the first day of school, just as scheduled, on August 25, 2003.
Tipton Christian School Timeline
June 11, 2003
June 22, 2003
August 2, 2003
August 8, 2003
August 25, 2003
Tipton votes to build school
Ground breaking Ceremony
held, construction begins
Tipton Christian School Open House
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
First Day of School