Adventist Education is experiencing tremendous growth in the South Central Conference. In 2013-2014 school year, enrollment increased by over 30% from 595 in August, to 778 in May. Although enrollment has been on the rise for the past three years, this explosion of growth is primarily due to the advent of the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship. This program provides full tuition scholarships to eligible students across Alabama. Enrollments in Emmanuel (Mobile), Bethany (Montgomery), Ephesus (Birmingham) and Oakwood (Huntsville) saw a dramatic rise after the program opened in December of 2013. God has literally opened the windows of Heaven so that we do not have room enough to receive the blessing, as these schools are now filled to overflowing and have waiting lists!
Several new staff have joined the ranks of the SCC education family. New administrators include: Dr. William Lusain (Ephesus), Walter Turner (Alcy), and Dariel Jordan (Emmanuel). Oakwood and F.H. Jenkins will be headed by interim principals for 2014-2015. Jason Edgecombe brings over thirty years of administrative experience in both the denominational and public school sectors. Eula Washington is no stranger to South Central, having served as teacher, principal and superintendent prior to her retirement. These individuals will lead the Huntsville and Nashville schools during the transitional period as they search for permanent administrators. Angenette Hill departs the SCC Office of Education and returns to the classroom as the PreK teacher at Oakwood, and Sharon Lewis leaves Huntsville to serve as the Associate Superintendent of Education. Sixteen new teachers have been hired to meet the needs of our schools across the conference.
Schools will open on August 11, and we anticipate that well over 800 children will enter classrooms where they will “Be taught of the Lord”. Continue to pray for our teachers, school administrators and the Office of Education staff as we strive for excellence and prepare our students for service on Earth and citizenship in Heaven.