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Swallowtail aiming to buy site of Cornelius Emmaus Christian or Swallowtail moving to Cornelius

Swallowtail Waldorf School and Farm, which offers classes from early childhood and kindergarten levels through eighth grade, plans to move from Hillsboro to Cornelius and will take over the building where Emmaus Christian School is currently housed.

Emmaus, in turn, will likely move to Hillsboro for the 2016-2017 school year.

Swallowtail will host an open house this Saturday, Jan. 9, for alumni and current Swallowtail families at the Emmaus loc-

ation, 460 S. Heather St. in Cornelius.

Swallowtail is a member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, a teaching approach which aims to “cultivate a sense of wonder and to inspire children to view the world, even in its most basic form, as magnificent — prompting each student to embrace life with enthusiasm, initiative, and purpose,” according to its website.

Emmaus Christian School Marketing & Development Director Meghan Scheels said her school won’t move farther than 10 miles from its current location, probably toward Hillsboro. They have a few sites in mind but have not settled on any. Emmaus will move over the summer in late June or early July.

Emmaus has been in its Cornelius building since 1998.

“We’re excited and we’re doing what’s best for the school,” Scheels said. “We’re looking to the future.”

Swallowtail is in the process of purchasing the Cornelius building, listed at 26,000 square feet and nearly $4 million on a real estate website, although Swallowtail will be buying it for only $3 million Scheels said.

In an email to Swallowtail families and alumni, Site Team Chair Brenda McCoy wrote that Swallowtail school is moving forward with the building purchase after a satisfactory December building inspection and approval from two different banks for loans. Swallowtail also received a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor they’ll use for a down payment. They’ll also start up a Capital Campaign to raise $300,000 by January 2017.

Swallowtail currently operates out of the Hillsboro Friends Church building on 6th Avenue, just north of downtown Hillsboro. Their farm campus is located on Northwest Camp Ireland Street, where students have the opportunity to learn on Mondays.