In the Spotlight June, 2008


The Independent

ASHLAND -- The donation of an acre of land from Rose Hill Burial Park will give Rose Hill Christian School an opportunity for some expansion. Rose Hill Baptist Church Pastor Ronnie Mays said the church was grateful for the gesture from Saber Management, which operates Rose Hill Burial Park and Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens.

"We sure do appreciate it," Mays said. "They've been good to work with and are good neighbors. It means a lot to us." The property bumps up against the church's land behind the Rose Hill Christian High School building and gymnasium.

"We think it may be big enough to put in either another building, or possibly a soccer field or a practice football field," Mays said. "Those are some of the needs we have here."

Rose Hill plays its soccer games at Fraley Field, on the hill behind Boyd County Middle School. The football team, which will begin a freshman squad this season, doesn't really have a place to call home. The Royals' middle school games have all been away.

While it would take some excavating work, Mays said the additional property makes more opportunities possible for the school's future.

"We praise the Lord that it can help us expand our Christian school," he said. "I didn't realize we had so much room behind our gym and adding this property makes it even bigger."

Saber Management vice president of sales Damon Melcho said the paperwork is being completed so Rose Hill would own the one acre of property outright. He said the church approached them about using the land to put up exercise equipment.

"We looked at it and decided it would be better to just give it to them," Melcho said. "It's a little more than an acre of property. We've got a lot of property here that's undeveloped."

Melcho said Rose Hill Burial Park has almost 90 acres total. "It's an opportunity for us to provide some goodwill within the community and the church," Melcho said.

In return, Rose Hill Burial Park and Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens hosted a Pre-Planning Seminar on March 27 at Rose Hill Baptist Church.