We have been so blessed to have enjoyed such a fantastic working relationship with the Powhatan County School Board these past 7 & 1/2 years. From the time we started thinking about planting a church until this very week, I have constantly heard horror stories from pastors that I know who continue to have trouble renting in other school districts. Powhatan has been very good partners with us.
Dr. Meara, in particular, has created an environment ripe for a win-win situation with another church to use the high school and the other schools on Sunday mornings. By win-win, I mean a scenario where a church could pay enough rent that a needed school salary could actually be covered (for a teacher or aid or whoever), but which would still be low enough to make it worthwhile for the church to rent instead of build.
Over the course of the past seven years, PCC paid the school a growing rental fee, based on the facility we used, how many rooms and which ones, and how often we used it. We grew into larger rent amounts over time.
Without Powhatan being supportive, and especially without Dr. Meara's help, we could never have gotten where we are today. If PCC is a value to you, please go out of your way to thank Dr. Meara and the Powhatan County School Board for making PCC happen!