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Westside Christian to move out of LO

by: Vern Uyetake Westside Christian High School, which has been located in Lake Oswego for 20 years, will renovate a new facility at left in Tigard  for a move-in date next fall, said Principal Andy Sears (pictured).

Westside Christian High School is moving out of its Lake Oswego location at the end of this year and plans to begin class next year in its new building, which is home to a satellite campus of City Bible Church located near the intersection of Highway 217 and 99 in Tigard.

Westside has been located at Lake Bible Church on Kruse Way for the last 20 years. Prior to that, students attended class in the Collins View school building on Terwilliger Boulevard, which now houses Riverdale High School.

Westside will lease the property back to City Bible Church for their services.

Purchasing the new building will allow the school to save on the cost of new construction. Additionally, the lease-back arrangement with City Bible Church will provide Westside with an immediate income stream.

Nevertheless, the school will launch a $15 million campaign to raise funds for the new school.

The school plans to add a science wing, library and gymnasium during the renovation. Additionally, the property has room for turf fields behind the building. Currently, the school practices wherever it can find a space. It has practiced at Westlake Park, as well as West Hills Christian School in Portland, Portland Community College and various other public fields in Tualatin and Lake Oswego.

A renovation also means that the overall timeline will be much shorter than tackling a completely new facility. Westside administrators are shooting for a move-in date of fall 2012.

Additionally, the new building, which will be 63,000 square feet after renovation, will help to accommodate future growth of the student body. Currently, Westside's enrollment is at 250 students in a 34,000 square-foot space. The new building should accommodate 400 students, said Andy Sears, Westside principal.

'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,' said Sears.

Westside, a 30-year-old private Christian high school, has been actively searching for property that will house a permanent location for the school for approximately six years.

'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,' said Sears. 'I am very excited to announce that the dream is finally becoming real.

'We believe that having our own building will help us realize our vision more full,' said Sears. '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.'