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Daily News, September 26, 2016
By Shannon Quinn, Daily News Staff Writer
Upwards of 700 people wandered a recently harvested 30-acre wheat field adjacent to Mountain View Park on Saturday afternoon, which will, as time and money allow, become Logos School’s new campus.
Babes in arms, elders with canes and all ages in between tramped over the stubbly field. Some played Frisbee, some volleyball and others examined the hills and dales of the property, marked to indicate where buildings, playfields and drives will spring up in coming years.
“This is a combination of vision and gratitude,” Doug Wilson, Christ Church pastor and Logos cofounder, said. “After 35 years of God blessing us I’m looking forward to this being the next big step up.”
For years, Logos has had a goal of expanding its ever growing school, in what previously was a roller skating rink to a campus with all of the academic, spiritual and athletic amenities for its K-12 students. Once, its creators questioned whether it would make it through its first year in a church basement with fewer than 20 students.
The past three and a half decades have seen annual growth that necessitated expansion, Wilson said.
It’s a reality that was not even imagined during the early years, which began with a quiet family conversation, he said.
“God loves that great two word prayer, ‘Geronimo, amen,’ ” Wilson said. “The creation of Logos school was along those lines.”
In telling of the school’s origins, he strove to identify where key players in the story were sitting – particularly his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Becca.
“The germ of all of this came about in our living room when Becca, who was a toddler, was toddling around,” he said. “Nancy said to me, ‘Doug, I can’t imaging handing her over to someone that we don’t know, saying here she is, teach her about everything.’ I didn’t know anything about Christian education – zero – but I knew I agreed with that.”
What began as a minute Christian academy has grown to more than 100 students.
The plot of land was dotted with signs of various colors, each noting where another campus feature will lie.
“All of the blue flags represent buildings, green represents competition fields, red the main drive,” said Gene Liechty, Logos’ development director. “We’re trying to give people an idea of what they’re walking on.”
Liechty, who first announced the property’s purchase earlier this spring, said he hopes people will get excited about the project.
“We’re trying to get people fired up,” he said.” It’s one thing to get on it, it’s another to get everything built.”
Liechty said as soon as the school has access to the property, work can truly begin, but a bridge over the creek running through it is the first order of business.
That is no small project, but Liechty said the school plans to begin work on it in the spring.
“The kids can use the property as soon as we can get the bridge in and the field in,” he said. “Phase one is just getting all the infrastructure in. It’ll be an entire year just getting the bridge and the playing fields in.”
The project has no timeline for completion, officials noted, and is dependent for the time being on the success of fundraising programs.
While funds are of importance, Wilson pointed out, it’s the people involved in the process who will make it a success.
“God does not generally act with invisible rays from the sky. He works through intermediaries, he works through his people, he works through the gifts he assigns to his people,” he said. “Isn’t God good?”
Shanon Quinn can be reached at (208) 883-4636 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Shanon Quinn, Daily News staff writer
Logos School has purchased 30 acres on the northeast side of Moscow where school officials plan to construct a new campus. Gene Liechty, the school’s development director, said the sale closed Feb. 26.
The plan of expanding the school’s campus — which is currently on 2 acres on Baker Street — has been in the works for some time. “The school has been here for 35 years,” incoming Logos Superintendent Larry Stephenson said. “Logos has been looking for property for at least the last 10 to 15 years. Praise God this piece has come about.” Moscow Community Development Director Bill Belknap said the property is just east of Mountain View Park and has been examined for the purpose of a possible school site in the past. “It’s a location that was previously considered for the new Moscow High School, so it’s been under consideration for building a school in past years,” Belknap said. Although there are currently no renderings of what the school will look like, Liechty knows one thing for sure. “It will be a beautiful brick-columned campus,” he said. Logos is currently working with DesignWest Architects of Pullman in creating a plan for the campus and buildings, Liechty said, and he believes the school’s neighbors-to-be will be pleased with the outcome. “Some of the folks will be sad that development is finally occurring here,” he said. “What I think they’ll be happy about it that we’re building a beautiful school that faces the street and that there’s lots of green space.It doesn’t obstruct views in any way, and we’re putting in tree-lined streets so it’s going to be a beautiful entrance. It’s going to be the nicest looking school in the county.” Changes to the parcel won’t be evident for some time, as the school is still working to raise money for architectural designs and construction. “Buying a piece of land and building a new building, that takes money and that’s going to take time,” Stephenson said. “Being a private school, we have a very few people we pull from and we can’t just raise the tax base for everybody and get money.” Liechty said school officials have been encouraged by the donors they have met with so far. “We need to raise several million over the coming months so we can hopefully start getting sewer lines run, water lines run,” he said. Stephenson said the school has also received help from the 30 churches associated with it. “Our churches have always been supportive financially, as well as in prayer, and we’re thankful. God has allowed Logos to be able to serve and support here,” he said.
Logos School’s Mock Trial team has a tradition of excellence and perseverance. Coached by long time veteran Dr. Chris Schlect, Logos School has won the state Mock Trial competition for Idaho sixteen times and is tied for most appearances at the national tournament. This year’s team of dedicated student attorneys and witnesses did not disappoint, taking 7th place of 46 teams at the National Mock Trial competition in Boise the weekend of May 14.
The path to this impressive top-10 finish, however, was not without pain and hardship. After losing the closely contested state championship to Ambrose High School in April, the Knights had two weeks where they prepared for the national competition without knowing if they had qualified to compete. Each state sends just one team to the national competition, but since Idaho was hosting the event, a second team would be needed if there weren’t an even number of competing teams. But Coach Schlect pointed out that since the final bracket wouldn’t be settled right away, the team “had to go all in and prepare as if they knew they would be competing.”-even when it could all be for nothing. They held official practices three days a week, but preparations did not stop there: students practiced on their own or in groups six days a week on the national case, a (fictional) civil suit between a sheepherder and The Flying B Cattle Ranch involving the suspicious infection and death of a flock of sheep in Idaho. Of course, the good news finally came, and Logos students knew they would get to take their hard work to Boise.
The week prior to national competition, the Logos Mock Trial Team scrimmaged themselves (A Mock Trial team prepares both a prosecution and a defense for each case.), and they got some unique assistance. The University of Idaho graciously opened up the courtroom at the Law Building, and local dignitaries Mayor Bill Lambert, Richard Walser, Latah County Commissioner, Kara Besst, CEO of Gritman Medical Center, and radio personality Evan Ellis selflessly volunteered to serve as jurors. After the scrimmage, jurors gave insight and advice that was “essential to our success in Boise,” according to veteran witness Luke Mason, a junior. Mason’s teammates this year wereDanny Bradley (sr), Sonya Isenberg (sr), Sofia Minudri (sr), Preston Evans (jr), Ethan Howell (jr), Luke Mason (jr), Regan Meyer (jr), and Emma Story (jr).
At national competition in Boise, the team performed outstandingly. In four rounds, they were beaten only by the eventual national champions, Iowa. Logos senior Sofia Minudri was named one of only ten Outstanding Attorneys out of 500 participants total. Sunday morning after attending church the team drove home to a town they made proud through their hard work and dedication.
The Idaho High School Activities Association announced the 2015-16 winners of the Schools of Excellence program earlier today.
For the third year in a row, Logos School has been awarded 3rd place in our division – 1ADII. Congratulations Knights!
The Schools of Excellence program is a yearlong, voluntary initiative where schools earn points in three areas: athletics, academics and citizenship. The citizenship component consists of a self-evaluation conducted by the school. The Schools of Excellence program is the most prestigious award a school can receive as it combines all aspects of our core mission for education-based participation.
The 2015-16 Schools of Excellence recipients are being honored at the IHSAA Annual Meeting on August 3 at the Boise Centre.