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January 9, 2015 at 5:00 AM

Charter school operator eyes church in West Seattle

A charter group opening two high schools in the Seattle area this fall has its eyes on a third location in West Seattle, though a charter for the school has not yet been approved.

Summit Public Schools co-founder and CEO Diane Tavenner said her group is starting early on plans to turn a West Seattle church building into a high school in the hopes that its application for another charter is approved this year.

“To have a facility up and running and available, you have to start the facility process before the charter process,” Tavenner said in an interview Tuesday.

Summit is working with Los Angeles-based Pacific Charter School Development to purchase and remodel the building at 9601 35th Ave. SW, which has been home to Freedom Church of Seattle. The sale is expected to close in two to three months, Tavenner said. Pacific Charter School Development is listed as the pending owner on a site plan submitted to the city of Seattle, which shows several additions to the building that, according to Tavenner, was a grocery store before it was a church.

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