A guiding command among the Cornerstone staff, handed down from Mrs. Borders, was “to do the best we can with whatever God provides.” Cornerstone Prep has 12 years of living out that precept, which came from one of her favorite Bible verses in Zechariah 4:10, Do not despise these small beginnings for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
As Mrs. Borders reflected on the school’s journey she said, “We have all learned that we are to make the best of those resources God entrusts to us, and even a small beginning in 2004 has shown us all God has done in 12 years. We have learned to listen to God, even when He says no, as He did many times during our search for land and a building. We have learned patience and endurance as the building progress was slow, trusting God's timing and not our own.”
“The biggest surprise for me was how long it takes to take a dream into reality. I was surprised at the length of the construction process and how overwhelming it was day-to-day to manage a project like this,” said Mrs. Borders, though she definitely thinks it was worth the wait.
When you walk through this beautiful facility, you see Mrs. Borders fingerprints throughout. Her desire to be a good steward of God’s resources and to be true to God’s vision for Cornerstone are evident everywhere.
HER FAVORITE PLACES
Unlike most head of schools, she doesn’t have a private office, but shares it with the elementary and secondary principals. Still, her semi-private office of three, still ranks pretty high on her list of favorite things on the new campus.
Another of her top favorites is the library area in the Den. Her love of reading is renown and to be able to share that love with parents and students is one of her passions. Many of the books that fill the shelves have been donated from Mrs. Borders’ own library. She encourages both parents and students to come in and take advantage of this new resource.
While Mrs. Borders took the lead role in seeing the campus built, she sought input from many regarding campus decisions. “Our staff will benefit from a state-of-the-art facility that has been designed with their input. Many of the design decisions were made based on their suggestions and needs. They'll have a sense of ownership and gratefulness for what God has provided,” she said.
Of course, the students benefit the most from our new home, and Mrs. Borders knows this well as she has two grandsons enjoying their new home.
“We now have a permanent place to call home; a place that our students and staff will be proud to call their school. It will mean future growth from 470 current enrollment to a capacity of 625,” said Mrs. Borders, “ It will mean being able to have fabulous science labs, a place for our own fine arts programs, and our own athletic facilities for many of our sports.”