VIBES Charter School Prepares to Open

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MEDFORD, Ore. — The Kids Unlimited public charter school, Vibes, opens on Monday.

Officials say there is still a  lot of work to be done, but despite the time crunch, everything will be set up and ready to go for the first day of school. On Saturday, teachers are moving into their classrooms.

“I wasn’t able to sleep last night — just thinking about all the things that need to be done,” said second grade teacher, Melissa Ballard.

Ballard is one of six teachers hired at the charter school.  After teaching in Austria and a private school in Grants Pass, she chose Vibes as her next venture.

“I’m able to bring in my own style of teaching and some of my own ideas —  where as other schools you’re really not able to do that as much — so I’m able to be more creative in this environment,” said Ballard.

She and her family moved in box after box of learning materials and decorations for her classroom.

“I need to organize all of my stuff from my last classroom,” said Ballard.  “I’m moving in because it’s a new teacher experience. My lessons are done fortunately so I don’t have to worry about that, but with decorating I want to make it feel like home for the students when they walk in the doors on Monday. I just want to make it a special experience for them.”

To help get the charter school set up quicker, Kids Unlimited called in back-up.  Members of the Rogue Rotary Club volunteered their time to get the school prepared and the teachers settled in.

“We are just cleaning the chairs, cleaning the tables, and helping the teachers to get their supplies set up and getting some tables constructed in some cases,” said Rotary Club and Vibes Board of Directors member, Linda Evans.

Evans said she’s watched the charter school grow from the ground up since the Medford School Board approved Vibes last spring.

“It’s like a dream come true,” said Evans.  We’re just starting with grades one, two, and three, and we hope we will be able to — before we are done here — have a full fledged school all the way through.”

According to Kids Unlimited Executive Director, Tom Cole, the charter school still has limited openings in it’s third grade classrooms.  There are around 140 students signed up for the charter school. Its capacity is 150 students.