FCHS gets new administrator

By Jelani Yancey

Tim McDonald is the new administrator/principal of Flint Hills Christian School, succeeding Frank Leone.

“First and foremost, I believe this is where God has led me,” said McDonald in accepting the position. A veteran of several years in education in China and Kenya, he said he was looking to move back to the U.S., and found Manhattan to be an attractive option. “Living here puts us close to family, it is a great community and FHCS has what I believe is a great future.” He said.

McDonald said he views Christian education as “an opportunity for the school, family and church to work together to shape and form children. Education needs to be holistic from the standpoint of dealing with a child’s mind, body and spirit.

When we ignore the spiritual aspect of life, we are leaving a big gap in what most of the world sees as being important.”

Leone is leaving after six years as principal.

He said one of his primary goals was to lead the school through the recently completed accreditation process. The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) announced the school’s accreditation effective July 1 and continuing through June 30, 2017.

Flint Hills Christian School enrolls between 140 and 170 students in grades K-4 through 12.

McDonald said he is looking to build upon the foundation already present at the school. “Gaining accredited status helps to validate what is already an excellent program and will help alleviate fears that the school does not provide a quality educational experience for students,” he said. “In addition, we want to strengthen our involvement in fine arts. The facilities are excellent for a small school and the addition of the new science building really is a bonus.”

He said he wants to make the school more visible in the community “so that Christian families will know we are a viable educational option for their children.”

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