Lake Oswego's Touchstone School to close
Touchstone Elementary School, a private K-6 school in Lake Oswego's Mountain Park neighborhood, has announced that it will close on June 14, at the end of the current school year.
An Open House scheduled for March 22 has been canceled at the school, which has been in operation for 36 years.
"This difficult decision became unavoidable upon careful consideration of the continued low enrollment and cost-prohibitive facility needs of the school," Touchstone spokesperson Kerry Owens told The Review in a statement.
"We are doing everything in our power to make this transition as seamless as possible for families, including reimbursing deposits and supplying appropriate student records to facilitate enrollment in other schools," Owens said. "We are also working with our dedicated staff to identify potential employment opportunities."
Touchstone is part of Nobel Learning Communities, a network of more than 200 private schools nationwide. According to Owens, the Lake Oswego location currently has 86 students enrolled and is "63 percent occupied."
Becky Davidson, a parent of a student at Touchstone, told KOIN 6 News, The Review's broadcast news partner, that she was devastated when the closure was announced to the school community on Friday.
"This is a high-performing community of talented and dedicated educators that our children have benefited from," Davidson said, "and to find out on our Friday evening, with no plans for any sort of parent or teacher input, was really a shock to our systems."
Some parents told KOIN they want to do what they can do prevent the closing.
"We have and asked them to reconsider," said Shon Ramey, a parent and member of the Touchstone Parent Organization. "This is a very corporate decision and the funny thing about it is, if this is financially driven they've done nothing to financially address it: renegotiate the lease, talk about cost cutting measures, fundraising, increase tuition, brand awareness, none of that."
— The Review