Sierra Lutheran working on new school campus
Sierra Lutheran High School, which has provided Christ-centered education in the area since 2002, is planning to relocate from its temporary site on the former Bently campus in Minden, to a 38-acre parcel of land in north Douglas County.
“Whether young adults reside in the Carson Valley, Carson City, Lyon County, or even up around Lake Tahoe, this campus will be centrally located for all,” said Norm Brauer, Sierra Lutheran executive director.
Construction of the first phase of the new campus has started, with a tentative opening in December.
Included in phase one are science and computer laboratories, classrooms to accommodate 150 students, an administration complex, and an expansive gymnasium with a seating capacity for 800 people.
This permanent campus for Sierra Lutheran High School is located just east of Highway 395 off North Sunridge Drive.
“For some, it’s easier to say we’ll be located next to Hilltop Community Church, and immediately south (up the hill) from the new East Fork Fire Station,” Brauer said. “In addition to having spectacular views in all directions, this is an ideal location in the heart of the area’s population. Families seeking both a college preparatory education, and an environment where teenagers can continually grow in their understanding of scripture and in their personal relationship with the Lord, will find this new site to be easily accessible from all directions.”
Since the fall of 2002, Sierra Lutheran has grown from 23 students to 72.
“During tough times, it appears as if families are prioritizing what is truly important to them, and making sacrifices accordingly,” Brauer said. “These are, arguably, the most formative years of life for youngsters.”
Students from 19 different area churches attend Sierra Lutheran. Because of space limitations at the current site, enrollment in 2009-2010 will need to be limited to approximately 80 students. Since 66 teenagers already have been accepted into next year’s student body, families who wish to consider applying for enrollment are encouraged to do so before waiting lists will need to be established.
In addition to contributions received from local individuals, churches and organizations during the school’s capital campaign, the Church Extension Fund of the California-Nevada-Hawaii district of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is providing funds for the endeavor.
Miles Construction will build the facilities designed by the Reno architectural firm of Sheehan, Van Woert and Bigotti.
Call 782-0060 for information.