CORAL SPRINGS, FL- Parkridge Christian Academy spent months building a gym, auditorium, and new classrooms.

The Coral Springs church was preparing to open its new expansion when the coronavirus hit this spring.

Principal Josh Halulko said the pandemic created unexpected challenges, but also offered new opportunities to meet local families’ needs.

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"As a local, cost-effective private school, we have the option of creating additional flexibility for our children and parents that need the help,” Halulko said in a recent interview. “Many homes have two parents working, and school days at home aren't a realistic option. We can help fill the gaps that are created within the schedule."

The church at 5600 Coral Ridge Drive is ready to meet those gaps, he said. The hallways are wide, the classrooms have easy-to-sterilize floors, and the additional space is better equipped for social distancing than most educational institutions.

Another focus of Parkridge Christian Academy is diversity that reflects the multicultural area of Coral Springs and Parkland, he said.

"We want our school to look like our community," Halulko said. "We're intentional about being diverse, and we've removed barriers that could prevent the multicultural makeup of our school."

Parkridge Christian Academy typically has one to two classes of students for each grade level, from 1-year-olds to those in eighth grade. The school was established in 2001 and is keeping an eye towards adding a high school in the future.

"We're positioning to grow the school and the church (Parkridge Church) to reach the community for Christ," Halulko said. "We want to make a positive impact in the community."

Read our previous coverage of Parkridge Christian Academy here.