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Community Roots Charter School considers a location change

If all goes as planned, Community Roots School will relocate from the Schlador Street campus to the Eureka Avenue site that has served the Silverton Christian School.

The move would allow all grade levels to be in one place and more students to enroll, with a cap at 135, CRS Administrator Miranda Traeger said.

When the Silverton Christian School decided to move, the Silverton Friends Church approached CRS about the possibility of leasing the space. The CRS board met April 26 to discuss options for a lease, after Our Town’s deadline.

Silver Falls School District board members expressed support for the move.

Superintendent Andy Bellando said the plan was to have CRS in three modular buildings with five classrooms at Schlador.

Bellando estimates the investment in preparing Schlador at $50,000  – architectural, engineering, excavation, fill and some trenching and drainage. “We are reviewing options for possible use of these improvements for other purposes,” he said. If the district can renegotiate its contracts and not purchase the modular buildings, it could result in a savings of $150,00-$200,000, Bellando said.

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