Volunteers Lillian Foster, Steve Robinson and Alison Philbin move furniture out of the Community School’s former digs in Winthrop. Photo by Laurelle Walsh

Volunteers Lillian Foster, Steve Robinson and Alison Philbin move furniture out of the Community School’s former digs in Winthrop. Photo by Laurelle Walsh

By Laurelle Walsh

Parents, board members and community volunteers packed up books and classroom materials and moved furniture into a rented semi trailer at the Methow Valley Community School last Thursday (June 19), as  the school moves out of the “old skate barn” on West Chewuch Road where it has been based for the past three years. 

The school is in negotiations with the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp, where it hopes to relocate for the 2014-15 school year, according to parent and board president Sarah Longino-DeKalb. Once secured, it will be the Community School’s fifth home since its beginnings in 1999, and a move back to Twisp, where it was based for most of its first decade. 

The school is looking to occupy the basement floor of the community center, which has been vacant since Community Kids Childcare Center closed in 2011. “I think it will be a great location for the school,” said Longino-DeKalb, citing the benefits of the centralized, yet private space with its own kitchen and bathrooms.

The school’s belongings will be stored in the trailer for the next month while teachers and administrators set up the new space, Longino-DeKalb said. The subsequent move in should begin sometime in August, at which point volunteer help will once again be sought, she said.

To help with the move, call the Community School at 996-4447.