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Students Use Church Building For School

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – About 65 Southern Oregon students are still not back in class after summer vacation, but those dozens of students in Josephine County will soon call a church building their school.

The Woodland Charter School is temporarily using the church as construction work finishes on its new building. On Tuesday, Grants Pass school board members approved the charter school to be within the Grants Pass School District area.

Starting Wednesday, students will fill the hallways at the Gateway Christian Fellowship Church. Woodland Charter School students have been out of school close to a month. The board president says construction on their new building will be finished at the end of October. They could not open the school and operate full-time because of it.

“Fortunately, the families have been really flexible and patient. They recognize that this kind of pioneer school situation requires just that: flexibly and patience. So, they’ve been really hanging in there with us,” said Woodland Charter School Board President, Stacey Denton.

Woodland Charter School is a Waldorf Education-based school, integrating art and nature in its studies. The new school will be located on Murphy Creek Road, near Hidden Valley High School. The charter school plans to use the church till the end of December.