Agathos Classical School Opens New Building with Ribbon Cutting
August 23, 2017
After more than two years of prayer, planning, fundraising and construction, the school joyously dedicated its new classroom building, Paideia Hall, “to assist Christian parents in bringing up their children in the paideia (training and instruction) of the Lord.” The Maury Alliance helped organize the initial ribbon cutting, which was followed later by a school ribbon cutting and family picnic for the students and families of Agathos Classical School.
The new structure’s rooflines, white siding, dark brick and three square windows above the entrances echo the architecture of the adjacent Virginia-Jean House. Visitors remarked on the large wooden classroom windows, the beautiful stained ceiling and beams in the great hall, and the striking retaining wall of boulders.
The school was honored by the presence of guests from Maury Alliance, George Nuber Architecture, Paul Varney Construction, First Tennessee Bank, student families, staff and many friends to celebrate the ribbon-cutting. Chairman of the Board LeAnn Kaylor (pictured below holding bow) invited attendees to participate in a prayer walk around the building before the ceremony and Back to School Picnic.
Dr. Mark Seago, a Board Member and school founder, (pictured below left) expressed deep appreciation for the cooperation between so many people involved with the planning, design, and construction of the building. He reflected with obvious emotion on the sources of sacrificial giving, service, and donations made in honor and memory of loved ones no longer with us. A plaque acknowledging those gifts hangs in the entryway.
Head of School Ted Trainor (pictured below center) expounded on the meaning of paideia and pointed out that the process – the building of people – was even more important than the physical building. Heads nodded at his observation that, “It’s not easy to build deliberately and beautifully in a society that so highly prizes speed and landing under budget.”
Alumni Andrew Seago and Jake Trainor cut the red ribbon with giant scissors.