By TOMMY BRYAN
MT. JULIET -- Saying the K-12 Christian school is "in it for the long haul", leaders at Mt. Juliet Christian Academy have decided to switch to Division II of the TSSAA effective in the 2009-2010 academic year.
The move will allow MJCA to provide financial aid to athletes, just as they have been offering financial aid to non-athletes for years.
"This move is less about athletics and more about our mission," said MJCA athletic director Paul Christensen. "Athletes at this school have been denied financial aid for years, we want to make sure we are able to treat all our students the same."
Christensen indicated school leaders, " looked very hard at our mission. Tuition can't go down, in these economic times we wanted to be able to offer aid to those in need."
MJCA is joining the ranks of Donelson Christian Academy, Franklin Road Academy, Ezell Harding, Davidson Academy and Rutherford County's Lancaster Christian for all sports.
"We've enjoyed wonderful relationships with folks in Region 4 like Watertown and Friendship Christian," Christensen said. "We're moving divisions, not out of the county. We're hoping we can maintain these rivalries with our neighboring schools."