138 Acres Calling Covenant Home

by FRANKLIN NORTON

Director of Advancement

Covenant School finalized its acquisition of approximately 138 acres in Cabell County on Wed. Nov. 8, for the purpose of developing a new school campus on the property.

The school originally announced its intention to purchase the property, owned by former Marshall University football coach William “Red” Dawson, at its annual Community Dinner event on Nov. 15, 2022.

“Our school community is incredibly thankful to Red and Sharon Dawson for partnering with us over the last year and giving us their trust for the purchase of their beautiful land,” said Head of School Craig Hefner. “We believe building a school campus marked by excellence and beauty will not only honor Red’s legacy, but allow us to increase our impact in the community by serving as a regional model and resource for classical Christian education in Central Appalachia.”

 Currently located in Christ Temple Church on Johnstown Rd., Covenant entered a purchase agreement with the Dawsons on March 31 to acquire the property located south of Interstate 64 on Fifth Street Rd.

 The purchase was financed by a group of private community investors.

 Our student enrollment has increased by more than 40 percent over the last five years, and our current enrollment projections demonstrate an imminent need for a facility of our own. This purchase provides the amount of space we need for a growing school that will serve to bless the community as well as this region.

 The school was represented pro bono in the acquisition by Bryon Collier, a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in Huntington who specializes in in mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, commercial real estate, and banking matters.

 “I’d like to thank the generosity of Bryon Collier for offering his services and counsel throughout this process,” Hefner said. “His diligent and thoughtful work on this acquisition are a credit to him and Dinsmore.”

We would also like to thank Michael and Stephen Manns, Zach Hatfield, Jason Merritt, and Terradon for their help in the initial phases of the acquisition.

Since 2018, Covenant’s enrollment has grown from 160 students to 280 in 2024. In 2022 we opened a second Kindergarten with the intention to add one additional class section each year. 

When all grades (K-12) offer two sections, Covenant will have capacity to serve more than 500 students, a number our current location simply can’t accommodate.

We got a taste of what it will be like on the last day of school, when we celebrated the school year by bussing all our students up to the new property for a field day and pizza party. It was truly a day for the history books.

We’re excited to share more with you as this story unfolds. Please pray with us for transformational donors, community support, and for Covenant to continue to pour into the lives of even more students for years and years to come.

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