At a school-wide meeting on Thursday, January 3rd, Rector Robert Fain, Headmaster Ned Murray, and Board Chairman Jim Trotter announced that the church and school have purchased a 28.5 acre parcel of land on Flowing Wells Road for $1.15 million dollars.
In addition to state of the art athletic facilities, the school is exploring myriad educational possibilities such as an outdoor worship space, indoor and outdoor classrooms for environmental and ecological studies, art facilities, experiential and leadership education equipment, gardens, and other enhancements that could be used in a variety of public/private partnerships for the community. The extensive woodlands and wetlands on the property highlight its scientific and academic potential.
Update - May 2013
In the February board meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to engage Don to lead a team composed of Olympvs, Stewart, and his father Bruce's consulting firm, Paideia Inc., to lead us through a parallel process of developing a campus master plan (incorporating both the Walton Way and Flowing Wells campuses) and conducting a capital campaign readiness study. You can find brief bios of each of these men and their firms below.
After being selected, they conducted their first visit on April 22 and 23, during which time they met with a Board Leadership Committee, the administrative team, the development team, the full board, the engineer who did the work for Senator Holley on the original development of that parcel, and spent a great deal of time exploring the property. After that visit, I think it's safe to say everyone involved was even more confident that we are on the right track. This team has amazing skills and experience, understands independent schools -- and specifically Episcopal schools -- and has thoroughly grasped our culture and vision. Their presentation that evening clearly revealed that they "get" what we are after and how this project will be transformational for EDS, the church, and our community.