A homecoming of sorts will take place this fall when Lake Norman Christian School returns to its roots at Christ Community Church in Huntersville.
The private, Christian school provides K-12 instruction for students from throughout the Lake Norman region at its current home in Davidson. It will relocate to Huntersville at the start of the 2018-19 school year, according to Head of School Wesley Johnston.
“We’ve been looking for a new home for about a year,” Johnston said. “This seems to be ideal site, and we’re planning to begin the transition in June to be ready for the start of the next school year.”
The connection to Christ Community Church, 16301 Old Statesville Road, dates back to the early 2000s when Huntersville Christian Academy opened on the church’s campus. That school closed in 2008, but a group of school families and staff members united to re-establish the school, adopting the name Lake Norman Christian School (LNCS).
LNCS, which initially operated at Lake Norman Baptist Church, moved into the Davidson IB School building, 251 South St. in Davidson, in 2012 after Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools closed that facility.
Johnston said LNCS’s current lease with CMS for the Davidson building extends through 2021, but last year school officials were notified that CMS may have plans for the building before the lease expires.
“They let us know about their potential plans last year, and we immediately began evaluating other sites,” he said.
He added that LNCS has signed a lease to use the Huntersville facility, and preliminary planning for the summer move has already begun.
Johnston said the facilities at Christ Community Church offer plenty of space for LNCS’s 145 students and 20 faculty members. And both organizations will be able to maintain their independent, nonprofit operations.
“Sharing space presents unique challenges,” he said, “but we are focused on the opportunities.”