When did Veritas School buy the property located at the southeast corner of College (Hwy 219) and Bell Road in Newberg?

Veritas signed a purchase agreement with North Valley Friends Church in February of 2005, which included the purchase of five acres in the foothills of Newberg’s Chehalem Mountain, as well as the use of 11 adjoining acres for the development of our baseball and soccer fields.
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When did Phase I of the campaign start and what has been accomplished?

Phase I of our campaign, called Investing in Young Lives to the Glory of God, began in 2006. Those individuals, families, and corporations who stepped out in faith at this critical juncture in Veritas’ history were able to bless us with more than $1,000,000. With those contributions, we were able to purchase the five-acre parcel, complete the preliminary site improvements, including moving 30,000 yards of dirt, hauling in approximately 3,500 yards of topsoil and 2,700 yards of rock. We commissioned and paid for an inclusive set of architectural drawings for the proposed 47,000-square-foot building, and made the final payment on our six modular buildings.  Back to the top…

When did Phase II of the campaign start and what has been accomplished?

While there has not been any visible above ground construction completed, there has been more than $1.5 million spent on the property to date and a great deal of unseen site-development accomplished since the downturn in the economy in 2008/09. In the fall of 2010, the Veritas Board of Governors completed an in-depth feasibility study involving the feedback of 32 school families to determine the appropriate next steps in the campaign. The results confirmed that our constituents believed we should move forward with our plans with a new objective in mind – moving to the new school site as soon as possible. Phase II of our campaign, aptly called A Time to Build was launched in June of 2011. In August we were blessed to receive our first large cash pledge of $125,000 and from August of 2011 through December of 2013, we received a total of $530,000 in 3-5 year cash pledges and Gift In Kind contributions.

In addition, we were blessed with some unanticipated contributions. Our prayer for the fill dirt necessary to build up the sloping soccer field was answered when a local excavator donated a significant amount of excellent top soil to our site free of charge. Much to our surprise, in Sept of 2012, a local developer donated two city lots located on College, valued at a combined RMV of over $91,000. In April of 2013, after years of negotiations-the City of Newberg approved the architectural plans for Veritas’ sewer and water system. In September, Raugust Excavation began digging the massive trench from a nearby subdivision to the new school site, a distance of nearly ½ mile, and was able to complete the construction of the required city sewer and water project in February, 2014.  Back to the top…

Is it true Veritas will develop athletic fields for our students, as well as the Newberg community?

The Veritas Board has agreed that as part of our Phase II A Time To Build Campaign, we will move forward with the build-out of two athletic fields which will include an 86,500 sq. ft. soccer/lacrosse fields and a 125,500 sq. ft. baseball field. Similar to the walking trail that surrounds our property, it is our desire to support the Newberg community with the availability of high quality and much needed athletic fields. Back to the top…

When will Veritas move to the new property?

Veritas hopes to have our classroom modulars, administrative offices and the addition of a new Assembly Hall, on the new school site by July of 2017, with our first classes starting in September. Once on our property, we will continue our Phase II objectives of developing our athletic fields and building our 21,000 sq. ft. Multi-Purpose Building. That facility will include a full-sized gymnasium, student locker rooms, a 2,000 + sq. ft. cafeteria with a complete kitchen, plus adjoining library and office spaces. Once that is accomplished, we will begin Phase III of our A Time To Build campaign, which will consist of the build-out of our remaining classrooms, labs, large student center and offices, allowing us to remove the modular classrooms from our property.

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How can I find out more about the A Time To Build campaign?

Building the new school with the support of our families and the community around us is paramount and we are dedicated to making this vision that God has planted in the minds and hearts of our Veritas Board of Governors’ and our faithful Veritas families, become a reality. If you would like to know more about our A Time To Build School campaign or you think you know of someone who may have an interest in support the development of our Veritas vision, please contact Veritas’ Director of Development who will be happy to provide additional information, as well as meet to further discuss these plans.

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