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60,000-square-foot K-12 private school campus subject of meetings

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Expedition Academy will host two public workshops on Wednesday, June 17, about the school’s proposed campus at Martis Valley.

In April, the school, currently located in Kings Beach, struck an agreement with the Martis Fund to spend about $4 million for a 42-acre property on Schaffer Mill Road known as Hopkins Ranch.

On it, TEA plans to build a 60,000-square-foot campus that can accommodate up to 270 students, Kindergarten through 12th grade.

TEA staff, architects from San Francisco-based Pfau Long and Truckee-based Ward Young will present information on the proposed campus and take input from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on June 17 in the Truckee Tahoe Airport’s Board Room.

“Our community’s input on the new campus is critical to creating a school that reflects local ideas and values,” said Taylor Simmers, Chief Academic Officer for TEA, in a statement. “A campus of this caliber will help fully materialize TEA’s educational model and environmental stewardship goals, while also helping to reinforce the Tahoe Truckee area as a gem serving the learning needs of existing and attracting new families to the area.”

Construction is tentatively planned to begin next May and be completed by 2017. Before that can begin, however, campus design and Placer County approval are needed.

To learn more about the proposed campus, visit futuretea.org.


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