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Veritas campus shows signs of life after years of waiting

Construction to bring sewer and water service to the property is underway as the school plans to move in by the fall of 2015


Since it was posted in 2006, the sign declaring the future home of Veritas School near the corner of College Street and Bell Road has been the only indication the private Christian school has any connection to the property it purchased from North Valley Friends Church the year before it went up. by: SUBMITTED - Digging in - Construction workers dig in an effort to bring sewer and water service to the future site of Veritas School at the corner of College Street and Bell Road.

In fact, because there have few noticeable changes to the property since, the small billboard hasn’t really served its primary purpose, instead fading into the landscape to all but the newest visitors to Newberg.

But for the first time in seven years there were signs of life last month, as construction to extend sewer and water lines to the property began, perhaps bringing the notice back into the foreground so that passersby might again envision the possibilities of a proud new campus rather than an ever-dormant patch of land.

The lack of visible progress came in part because the planning slowed significantly following the economic downturn in late 2008, before coming back on line in earnest in May 2011. Since then, all the work done — designing the campus, obtaining permits and securing easements to extend piping through the property of neighbors along College Street — has by nature been unseen.

“In reality we have been moving forward all along, even through the crisis in the economy that occurred in `08 and 109,” director of development Mike Stice said.

Perhaps even more startling to those who’ve been unable to detect progress is that after completing the current construction, hopefully by the end of October, the school plans to quickly ramp up its capital campaign and build a campus, consisting of a multi-purpose building (gym, library, kitchen and cafeteria) and already-existing modular classrooms, that will be ready for student use by fall 2015.

With more than $560,000 already raised toward its $2 million goal, the school hopes, ideally, that progressing that quickly will kick start fundraising to the point where expanding the main building to include classrooms and developing playing fields will be feasible by the time work on the multi-purpose building is completed, if not sooner.

“It’s amazing how much work goes into stuff that people don’t even see,” communications director Kasi Woidyla said. “We’re very excited to have this phase done and actually move on to getting kids on the property.”



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