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Westside Christian to get new home in Tigard

School will move from Lake Oswego to new home in Tigard
by: Submitted drawing An artist’s rendering of the proposed new high school, on Pfaffle Street in Tigard.

Plans are in the works for the Lake Oswego-based Westside Christian High School to move its classrooms to Tigard by next year, taking over the City Bible Church building near the intersection of Highway 217 and Pacific Highway.

Westside Christian recently agreed to purchase the property, saying that it would transform the 7.4-acre campus into a functional school with classrooms, a gym, a larger auditorium and sports fields. City Bible Church, which has owned the land since 2002, will continue to lease the property for Sunday services.

'(City Bible Church) recognized that their site was being underutilized and were sensitive to the importance of being good stewards of God's resources,' said Westside Principal Andy Sears in a statement. 'The agreement to sell the property to Westside allows them to see this resource used fully without impacting their ability to use the space for worship and provide for all their other worthy programs.'

Purchasing the property at 8200 S.W. Pfaffle St., will allow the school to save on the costs of all new construction, Sears said, as well as profit from the lease-back agreement with City Bible Church.

Sears called the scenario a win-win for both the school and the church.

'Not only does the site offer incredible visibility for the school; it also provides us with the opportunity to support nearly all of our programs within the improved facilities much sooner than we could have with other options,' Sears said.

The 30-year-old private Christian school has been searching for a new home for years, Sears said.

'Although facilities have never been a central part of who we are, we have had a dream and a vision for a permanent place to call home as long as I can remember,' Sears said. 'I am very excited to announce that the dream is finally becoming real.'

Plans are for classes to begin at the new site in the fall of 2012.

'Over the years our students have experienced tremendous success in academics, arts and athletics,' Sears said. 'Our mission, however, goes beyond that. We encourage our students to cultivate meaningful relationships and inspire them to learn and discover their passions and purpose.

'Our ultimate goal is to equip them to be servant leaders who can dramatically impact the world around them. We believe that having our own building will help us realize our vision more fully.'