POTTSTOWN, Pa. - After five years of partnering on things like performing arts and professional development, the West-Mont Christian Academy near Pottstown and Berks Christian School announced they'll be joining forces for good as a Christian school district.

"You have one school entity with multiple campuses, and that allows us now to have more focused portfolios for our administrative team," said Anthony Buttacy, West-Mont Christian Academy's head of school. "We have automatic collaboration from our teachers, because now they're co-workers."

Both campuses will keep operating, and administrators said they're confident the merger will enhance student experience.

"That could look like things just higher level classes once you get into high school or someone to walk you through that college process," said Rebekah Klase, assistant head of school of Berks Christian and a 2006 graduate.

For elementary-age kids, they'll incorporate social emotional learning.

"We wanted to make sure we were preserving the history, the legacy, the traditions on both campus, much like you would see in a large school system," said Buttacy.

It's been in the works for the last year, and teams from both schools have been working with the school board, administration and an exploratory committee on the details.

It will be official in July 2021. In the meantime, both locations will welcome students back for in-person learning starting in September, with an online option.

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