By Pamela Johnson Reporter-Herald Staff Writer
07/24/2015 12:44:15 PM MDT
Loveland Classical Schools has found a new home for its high school.
The charter school’s plan to use the multipurpose building behind Faith Evangelical Church for its 9th through 12th grade classes will be reviewed Monday by the Loveland Planning Commission.
The 14,737-square-foot building will still be used for church activities on the weekend but will be leased by the charter school Monday through Friday, according to the site plan filed with the city of Loveland.
It is expected to draw no more than 100 students and staff members to the site, increasing traffic in the mornings and afternoons, but not enough to require any changes to the streets, lights or lanes, according to analysis by city planners.
Earlier this year, Loveland Classical Schools was nearly forced to close its high school due to financial concerns, but instead launched a donation campaign and a plan to move the high school to a new site to allow growth. Officials said they needed room for the school to expand at all levels, but its current site at 3835 SW 14th St. was just too full.
The lease for the building will be short-term, giving the school a chance to grow as it searches for a new site for a larger facility that would bring the elementary, middle and high school grades back under the same roof.
State law requires charter schools to submit site review plans to the city planning commission.
If the commission approves the review, which staff has recommended they do, the city will take no further action nor will the school board.
If city planners rejected the review, they could refer it to the school board for a hearing.
City staff said the school is suited to the site, which is in a residential neighborhood, because it has sufficient parking, the streets can handle the traffic and the church and school would not typically have events at the same time, according to the site review information going before the planning commission. Classes would occur Monday through Friday and most church activities on weekends or in the evenings.
The multipurpose building, which is already set up to accommodate classrooms, was built in 1994 behind the main church building, which faces Wilson Avenue.
Loveland Classical Schools opened for the 2012-13 school year, and 2015 was its first graduating class. About 700 students are enrolled in the charter school.
School officials could not be immediately reached for more information.