On behalf of the GPA Board, I hope you, your friends, and your families had a wonderful time celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior and enjoyed welcoming in the new year. Personally, I feel as if I took a bite of turkey on Thanksgiving and then woke up to find out it was January 1st, 2024. I don’t know if it was the tryptophan or the fact that there seems to be so much to try and do at that time of year that it was a blur. Regardless, I am thankful to know and want to remind you as well that our value does not lie in what we did or didn’t do, give, get, “re-gift”, return, or whether we were at home or traveled; our value lies in that fact that our creator and Lord loves us so much that He came as promised, suffered, died, rose again to give us life eternal, and is coming back again, and all of this is solely by His grace, despite our sinfulness and inability to earn any of it. I know the English teachers are cringing at the length of that sentence :). So with that, let me move on.
Please find below some updates and important announcements from the Board.
First, this month we have scheduled a GPA Board summit, where the Board and Susan Crosier will meet to discuss and pray over, among other things, long-term strategic planning. During this, we will discuss plans that can impact Grace Prep families now and years down the road so we can maintain and reinforce our mission to “Partner with parents to provide a family-centric, Christ-centered, college preparatory education where students are allowed to further develop their God-given talents and virtues and become college-worthy character witnesses for Christ.” We take our mission statement seriously and want to make sure we plan ahead to have the resources, strategy, and support in place to maintain and fulfill this mission for generations to come.
I would also like to point out that Casey Boyd and the GPA Board finance committee have done an astounding job budgeting and monitoring GPA’s finances and ensuring that our financial policies and procedures are in alignment with best practices. Institutional integrity and good stewardship of finances are critically important to the Board. As you may or may not know, GPA’s financials are audited on an annual basis following the completion of each fiscal year. I am pleased to report that GPA’s auditor, PSK LLP (which specializes in auditing non-profits, including churches and private schools), has once again issued GPA an “unqualified” (i.e., clean) audit report.
In addition, as many of you know, Grace Prep will be moving up to TAPPS 5A. The Board is confident in our students’ and coaches’ desire and ability to compete at this level. We do, however, acknowledge that moving to 5A will increase certain costs, such as travel. In setting tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year, the Board has taken this into account, in addition to taking into account the recent inflationary impacts that most of our suppliers and service providers are passing along to us. We are continually working with our suppliers and service providers to obtain the best pricing, and we are routinely looking elsewhere for savings. Still, as some of these agreements come up for renewal, increased costs are expected. Tuition increases are not something we take lightly but they are necessary to ensure we can maintain the level of GPA quality, academia, facilities, and activities that our GPA family has come to love and thrive in.
We are also excited to announce that, at the recommendation of GPA’s leadership team, the Board has approved the establishment of a new pre-K program. Additional details will be announced soon.
In closing, know the board thanks you for your support and trust. We are consistently thankful for the selfless service the GPA staff provides to our children and parents of the Grace Prep family. It is an honor, and an incredibly humbling task to steward well that with which we are entrusted. We are blessed to have such great leaders like Susan Crosier and the rest of her leadership team serving our children so faithfully as they educate, and more importantly, love our children well.
On behalf of the GPA Board (David Cook, Cassidy Moore, Courtney Walker, Will Eubanks, DeLario Bolton, Donna MacKenzie, Rob Franklin, Jamey Porter, Brian Evans, David Chase, and Paul Storm)