Leading Educational Organization Recognizes Mount Paran Christian School Advocate

KENNESAW, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Christian–At its recent GOALTenders Conference, the Georgia GOAL Program awarded
its 2015 GOAL Advocacy Award to Jennifer New, Director of Development
for Mount Paran Christian School, based in Kennesaw. New accepted the
award from GOAL President, Lisa Kelly. Senator David Shafer (R-Duluth),
who is President Pro Tempore of the Georgia State Senate and who spoke
at the Conference, participated in the award presentation.

Georgia GOAL is the state’s largest student scholarship organization, or
SSO, operating under a 2008 tax credit law. Under the Georgia Education
Expense Credit law, taxpayers receive a Georgia income tax credit for
contributing to SSOs that provide financial aid to low and middle income
families who want to send their children to independent private schools
from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Throughout Georgia, 131 private
schools participate in GOAL and, at each school, a “GOALTender”
facilitates GOAL’s implementation of the contribution and financial aid
award processes.

The GOAL Advocacy Award recognizes the individual who has displayed the
most passion and perseverance when appealing to legislators to preserve,
protect, and expand the popular state-wide financial aid program. In
particular, GOAL recognized New for taking the time to educate and build
a strong working relationship with a key legislator who has become one
of the strongest advocates for the program.

“It is a pleasure to work on expanding this wonderful program for
parents who desire educational options for their children. I look
forward to working with all of Georgia’s SSOs, including Georgia GOAL,
in the coming 2017 session,” commented Georgia State Representative John
Carson.

“Since the creation of the GOAL program in 2008, Jennifer has been a
strong believer in providing parents with options for the education of
their children, and she has shared that belief during trips to the
Capitol and local meetings with lawmakers,” said Kelly. “She has done so
respectfully and successfully.”

According to New, “It is important to keep a constant line of
communication open to busy lawmakers who support educational freedom,
but who do not have time to closely follow how the program is being
implemented and whether and how it should be expanded or improved.”

In recent years, the state-wide Education Expense Credit program has
exploded in popularity, On the first business day of 2016, even though
only $58 million of tax credits were available, taxpayers applied for
$108.7 million worth of tax credits. As a result, taxpayers who applied
for a tax credit were approved by the Department of Revenue for only
53.36 percent of their desired amount.

“The success of GOAL and the other student scholarship organizations
shows that Georgians have embraced the idea that low and middle income
families should have the same educational choices as high income
families,” said Senator Shafer. “Whether it is public school, public
charter schools, private independent schools, private religious schools
or home-based schooling, parents know what is best for their children.”

“At Mount Paran Christian School, our focus is to enhance educational
opportunities for students. The GOAL program has awarded financial
assistance to more than 10,000 Georgia students,” said Dr. David Tilley,
Headmaster of Mount Paran Christian School. “We welcome and appreciate
all such programs that facilitate student learning and provide
opportunities for those who might not otherwise have alternatives.”

One of Mount Paran Christian School’s 2016 graduates, Amber Jogie, who
now attends Gordon College, shared that the GOAL award was, “God’s way
of opening doors to provide me with opportunities that I would never
have had otherwise.”

With the 2016-17 GOAL season underway, a total of $91.3 million in GOAL
assistance has been awarded to date, with another $24.4 million
earmarked for providing additional financial aid awards for current and
future academic years. The average award is $3,684 and the average
Adjusted Gross Income (adjusted for family size) of recipient families
is $26,438. GOAL has awarded 44% of the financial aid dollars to
minority recipients.

About Mount Paran Christian School

Mount Paran Christian School is a preschool age three through grade 12
private Christian, non-denominational, college preparatory day school
committed to excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. Founded
in 1976, MPCS is fully accredited (SAIS/AdvancED) and located in
Kennesaw, GA. Providing academic excellence in a Christ-centered
environment, MPCS unites with home and church to prepare servant-leaders
to honor God, love others, and walk in Truth. Students thrive through
the process of becoming well-educated, responsible, Christian young
people.

Contacts

Mount Paran Christian School
Kelly Makant Barton, 770-578-0182
770-289-0870
(m)
Chief Marketing Officer
kbarton@mtparanschool.com