PARAGOULD — Crowley’s Ridge Academy (CRA) announced today the launch of a major campus improvement project, with project backing from two families with longstanding ties to the school.
Construction is already underway to add air conditioning to its main gymnasium, CRA Administrator/CEO Terry Austin said.
“This project has been on the school’s wish list for decades,” Austin said. “I am grateful for the leadership of the alumni who made it a priority and a reality.”
The project was spearheaded by brothers David Jordan (‘94) and Mark Jordan (‘97), graduates of CRA and owners of 356 Solutions, who made an initial pledge to fund half of the project budget. The “356” in the business name is a reference to Proverbs 3:5-6, which reads: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
The Jordans also provided expertise in engineering and utility planning for the project. David and his wife, Christie, have a daughter enrolled at CRA, and Mark and his wife, Jamie, have two daughters in the school.
The remaining funding for the project was provided by Affordable Medical Supplies, owned by CRA alumnus Nancy (Johns, ‘80) Spillman. The Spillman family has supported the school for many years, and Nancy and her husband, Ted, have two grandchildren enrolled at CRA.
Prep work for the project has already begun, with the bulk of the installation targeted for late August.
Founded in 1953, Crowley’s Ridge Academy (CRA) is a private Christian school located in Paragould, Arkansas. The school is affiliated with churches of Christ but welcomes students regardless of religious background. CRA is fully accredited by the Arkansas Non-Public School Accrediting Association and offers a rigorous college preparatory educational experience. CRA provides Christian education for preschool through 12th grade students from Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.