ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new private school is now open in Alpine Township.
Late last month, the township planning commission unanimously approved Family of Christ Lutheran Church's request to add a parochial school within its existing facility. The school serves grades 2-12. The church, located at 1100 Henze Drive, plans to add kindergarten and first grade as demand grows, as well as an outdoor playground.
As of late August, the church had approximately five children enrolled. The pastor's wife, Barb Bowditch, is a certified teacher.
Private schools and churches are both zoned for special land use in Alpine Township, so no rezoning was necessary. However, developers are required to gain approval from the township before opening any private school.