“Without continual growth and progress, such words as ‘improvement’, ‘achievement’ and ‘success’ have no meaning.”
– Benjamin Franklin
The “Phases” of Progress
In order to ensure that Veritas is not only here for our children, but for our children’s children, the Board unanimously agreed in 2005 to move forward in acquiring a permanent campus. Toward this end, Phase I of our capital campaign was launched and $1.4 million was raised – and spent – on everything foundational to starting the building process. We have purchased five acres of land in the foothills of Newberg’s Chehalem Mountain, as well as secured the use of 11 adjoining acres for athletic fields, finished paying off our six modular buildings, have completed architectural plans for our final 54,000 square-foot building (Phase III development included), moved 30,000 yards of dirt, brought in $100,000 worth of gravel, paved the entire walking path around the school property, church, and athletic fields and trenched the length of seven football fields to connect the Veritas property with city sewer and water… and remain debt free!
In order to make the Veritas Campus Functional, our objective is to build a 21,000 square-foot multi-purpose building and two ball fields. The scope of this $3.1 million project will include moving our existing modular buildings on to the new property, constructing a 7,600 square-foot gymnasium with locker rooms, building out our 3,500 square-foot cafeteria with a full commercial kitchen and adding our 900 square-foot library, which will have room for the expansion for fine-arts amenities, including lighting, a sound system, and the addition of a stage. We will also include a large playground area for our students and parking lot for our guests. Our athletic fields will include a full-sized soccer/lacrosse field and a baseball field that will be utilized for school-sponsored athletic events. Because we believe in community support, we will offer the opportunity for other schools in Newberg and the surrounding communities to have use of these much needed athletic fields as well.
The Master Site Plan for the campus was developed in 2005 by Dan Cook and Assoc, an internationally recognized architectural firm specializing in school design. Designed to be built in phases as the school grows, the goal for the campus is to provide facilities that support Veritas School’s mission, distinctive curriculum and delivery of enriched programs. When complete, the plan includes academic buildings for Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric, a gymnasium, a music and fine arts building, an administration building, play grounds, athletic fields, and courtyards.
The Master Site Plan reflects the school’s educational philosophy in an environment that honors God in its good stewardship and which incorporates the elements of discovery, joy of learning, nature study, and integration of building with nature.