LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Harmony Christian School will be closing its doors at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
In an official statement, John Greene, the senior pastor of Harmony Hill Baptist Church, said the congregation's leadership and elders made the recommendation to close the school with a sense of "deep sadness."
"The steady decline of enrollment since 2005 to the present created a financial shortfall that Harmony Hill Baptist Church can no longer sustain that the school might continue," Greene said. "The commitment of the Elders and of Harmony Hill Baptist Church to Christ-centered education with daily instruction in the teaching of the Holy Scriptures remains."
According to Greene, the Harmony Hill congregation met in its bi-annual church conference Sunday night. It was at that time that the church decided to close Harmony Christian School at the end of the school year.
"For the last nineteen years, Harmony Christian School has been a flagship education tool for training young minds for higher education challenges and instilling, at the same time, a biblical world view of God's active role in world affairs and individual development and achievement," Greene said.
Greene said the church's goals for Harmony Christian School have guided its administrators and educators "in training the young minds that have learned, interacted, and developed in the stable, loving, God-centered environment that has been Harmony Christian School."
"The commitment of the Elders and of Harmony Hill Baptist Church to Christ-centered education with daily instruction in the teaching of the Holy Scriptures remains," Greene said.
In the statement, Greene commended the school's administrator Tracye Brashear, the teaching staff, and the Harmony Christian School Board for their dedication and commitment to teaching in a Christ-centered educational atmosphere.
"Our prayer is that Harmony Christian School will find new life and will continue to train up and instruct the children of Angelina County in a new venue and with a fresh and expanded community support," Greene said.
According to the Harmony Christian School Website, the school's genesis dates back to 1995, when parents of the kindergarten class of Harmony Hill Pre-school expressed a desire keep their kids in a program that offered a Christian curriculum.
"After careful prayer and consideration, the board of Harmony Hill Baptist Church agreed to seek a PreK-5th grade school on the premises of Harmony Hill Baptist Church," the Website states.
Harmony Christian School expanded in 2010, when it received full accreditation for K5 through the 8th grade from the Association of Christian Teachers (ACSI).