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School may need to relocate

The present facility of Vantage Point Charter School in Penn Valley may not meet state standards for earthquake-resistant buildings, potentially forcing the institute to move into Ready Springs School buildings in the fall, an official said Thursday.

The Field Act, which requires school buildings be able to resist temblors, came to apply to charter schools recently.

“It’s not definite at all because the landlord of the charter school hopes it will stay where it is, so we’re giving him time to see if he can make the facility compliant,” said Amanda Wilcox, president of the board of trustees of the Ready Springs Union School District. “We are not forcing the decision.”



The idea of a move arose initially because the facilities at Ready Springs School were underutilized due to declining enrollment there, Wilcox said.

In addition, Wilcox said she wanted the charter school students to use the superior facilities at Ready Springs.




Ready Springs is located on Spenceville Road and Vantage Point is on Pleasant Valley Road. Putting two schools on the same campus has its benefits, teachers say.

If Vantage Point relocated to the Ready Springs campus, the charter school would save the rent it’s paying at present, said Shane Carnahan, lead teacher at Vantage Point.

Ready Springs School has 212 students and Vantage Point has 115 students, according to the Ready Springs district office. Forty-five students at Vantage Point attend the on-site program, while the rest are in-the-home-study curriculum.

“The landlord has till June 1 to see if we can resolve the compliance issue. If we can’t, we’ll be forced to make a decision,” Wilcox said.

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