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October 29, 2013
McMINNVILLE -- Eola Hills Charter School (EHCS) will soon have a new, but still temporary home.
The charter school has been conducting classes at McMinnville's Seventh-day Adventist Church since a fire destroyed its previous location on Bethel Road in Rickreall on Oct. 3.
Willamette Education Service District announced last week that it and the charter school have reached an agreement for Eola Hills to use a site WESD owns in McMinnville.
The new location consists of modular classrooms that formerly housed WESD's Creekside Alternative School.
EHCS will be able to use the facility for $1 and will be responsible for utility costs.
The move will be temporary and WESD spokesman Brian Florip said he isn't sure when classes will begin at the new locale or how long the charter school will need to stay.
"We are trying to prepare the facilities for them," Florip said. "We will be able to accommodate them as long as they need."
EHCS has received a temporary waiver from the Oregon Department of Education to conduct classes outside the boundaries of its sponsor, Amity School District.
Long-term, the school needs to find a home within the district's boundaries.
Creekside Alternate School most recently used the five modular classrooms on site, located at 2045 Highway 18 in McMinnville.
Classrooms come with student desks and teacher work stations, all of which were destroyed by fire.
Florip said the agreement allows the school to use three of the modular buildings at first.
"But they will be able to use more if they need it," Florip said.