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After several years, school celebrates new K-12 building in Verboort, serving over 200 students.

COURTESY PHOTO: VISITATION CATHOLIC SCHOOL/GIL LUNA -    An idea 30 years in the making is now becoming a reality.

The new Visitation Catholic School in Verboort, 4189 N.W. Visitation Road, which is the education space for more than 200 students in Washington County, will be opening.

About five years ago, the decision was made to create an entire new building because it was more financially cost-effective, said the Rev. Michael Vuky with the Visitation Catholic School.

While waiting on construction, students attended classes in modular buildings, with 11 buildings being used in total.

With the construction of a new school building comes a lot of ease, Vuky said.

"The campus looks a lot cleaner," he said. "Now having everyone under the same roof, there will be more safety, security and a better learning environment."

Parishioners, school parents, students, alumni, community members and friends pledged and donated $5.7 million to complete the first phase of the 20,000-square-foot building, according to school officials.

On Sunday, Sept. 8, the school will start its new school dedication celebration with a 10 a.m. Mass celebrated with the bishops, followed by a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. in front of the new school building.

"We are excited to provide a facility to educate the kids, because that is our future," Vuky said.

The school is still hoping to raise money for the second phase, which includes new gym, stage, music room and a cafeteria kitchen.

Both phases are designed to serve all students who use the facilities at Visitation Catholic School, from Verboort, nearby Forest Grove and Cornelius, and beyond.

"This school project does benefit the Verboort community, but it also really benefits Forest Grove and Cornelius as well," Vuky said.


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