EUGENE — Eugene Christian School last month officially celebrated the opening of its new campus at 2895 Chad Drive.
A grand opening celebration was held late afternoon Thursday, Nov. 1. It included tours of the new campus, with students volunteering as greeters and tour tuides.
When founded in 1955, the school located in southeast Eugene where families with school-age children were concentrated. In recent decades, the population has shifted.
The school’s governing board decided to move into the north Coburg Road area to access and better serve the growing population of young families.
Eugene Christian School decided to purchase the former IP Koke building on Chad Drive and sold its campus to Ridgeline Montessori Charter School. The school relocated last June and spent the summer renovating the building in preparation for classes to begin in September.
Due to a hold-up with the city building permits, the renovation process was delayed so Eugene First Baptist Church allowed the school to open classes on Sept. 11 in its children’s wing. The renovations were soon completed and the classrooms were opened on Oct. 8.
There was a 42 percent increase in enrollment on the first day of school compared to the opening day the previous year.
An additional kindergarten class was added to accommodate the increase in enrollment.
Eugene Christian School has embarked on a two-phase, $5 million fund raising campaign to transform and repurpose a 61,000 square foot building into a preschool to eighth-grade school.
According to school leaders, the building is well suited for a full-sized gymnasium, 600-seat auditorium and performance center, two playgrounds with sports field, commercial kitchen and cafeteria.
The school is currently at 40 percent of its Phase 1 goal of $3 million, and needs to raise an additional $1.8 million by June 2013.
“The purpose of the grand opening celebration was to invite the community to see the amazing way Eugene Christian School has repurposed the former industrial building into a beautiful school that has enabled us to grow and flourish,” said Laura Purkey, the school’s development director.
For more information contact Purkey at email@example.com or 541-513-3220 or go to www.EugeneChristianSchool.com.