In the spring of 2009 Shannon and Josh Morrison heard about the concept of collaborative-model schooling and the classical approach to learning. They visited schools in Texas and realized that a school would meet the needs of many Bell County parents. They prayed and asked God that if He would want them to start a school that he would bring some friends to help them. In February 2010, the Morrisons hosted two interest meetings open to the public and presented the concept. They asked for families who were willing to help start the school to commit to serving on a launch team. More than 40 families attended these interest meetings and eight families agreed to serve as the founding families of the school. The Morrisons, Autumn and Dave McMurry, Carol and Eric Brown, April and Jeff Edwards, Amber and Jeff Washburn, Alicia and Cortney Hunt, Lisa and Brad Almond, and Zoe and Erik Speer made up the launch team, though the Edwards and Speer families would move away before the inaugural year.
The launch team met for several months and prayed, researched, and visited other schools. From these meetings, the vision of Providence Preparatory School was born. The launch team elected a board that formed the non-profit corporation, found a location to rent (FBC Belton) and made bylaws. The founding families all met at the Hunts’ home on August 1, 2010 to celebrate the founding of the school. (pictures) We prayed, worshipped, and offered a love offering to help with start-up costs.
Throughout 2010 and 2011 the launch team held area informational meetings to help spread the word. As enrollment increased, we were able to hire Mr. Bret Billman as our headmaster. We opened the school’s doors in August 2011 with 17 employees and 102 students. God has blessed us richly in the inaugural year, and we look forward to many more years of Providence families learning together about our amazing God and his incredible world.