Westside Christian High School will move to Tigard
Years in the works, the school should open to students this fall
After years of talk, Westside Christian High School is finally going to Tigard.
The Lake Oswego-based private Christian school announced Tuesday it had purchased the City Bible Church building near the intersection of Highway 217 and Pacific Highway.
This property is ideal for us, Westside President Andy Sears said in the announcement. It is centrally located within the geographic region we serve and is easy to access. Additionally, the ability to accomplish much of the project through renovation means that the overall timeline will be much shorter than tackling a completely new facility.
The school first started talking about purchasing the property in 2011.
Westside plans to transform the 7.4-acre campus into a functional school in time for students next fall.
City Bible Church, which has owned the land since 2002, will continue to lease the property for Sunday services, Sears said.
Its a dream come true for the private high school, which has been renting space in the Westlake area of Lake Oswego for years.
Weve been aggressively searching for a suitable piece of property for the school for the past seven years, Sears said. Several times we thought we had a solution in hand, but ran into obstacles. Once we identified the (City Bible Church) site, it seemed that everything just started falling into place.
The church will need to undergo substantial renovation, beginning next month.
The school plans to build a space for music, drama and art classes, and a new gym, fitness center, locker rooms, science labs, a library and computer labs, as well as resize existing rooms and widen hallways.
The total cost of purchase and renovation are expected to be about $12.2 million, Sears said.
The vast majority of those funds are already in places through pledges, cash gifts and other fundraising, Sears said.
The school is holding a public campaign to raise the final $330,000 needed for this phase of the project.
The site, located at 8200 SW 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.
Prospective families can call 503-697-4711 to schedule a tour of the facility.
As the renovation and new construction projects ramp up, we might need to modify our tours a bit, said Admissions Director Brett Meyers, but well find a way to help families visualize the final product.
Westside Christian High School was founded in 1981. For more information, visit wchsonline.org.
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