January 25, 2007
Kadima and Heschel West merge middle schools
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Kadima has grown from 180 students a few years ago to 260 today, thanks, in part, to the founding of a new early childhood center. The school is now using only one floor of three available, and over the summer is renovating the other two floors. The middle-school wing will be fitted with science labs, art rooms and wired classrooms.
The middle school will pay rent to Kadima, and then to Heschel West when it moves to Agoura.
Shawn Evenhaim, who was one of the leaders to originate the merger idea, is not worried that shrinking both Heschel West and Kadima by three grades will harm the schools' financial status. He believes both schools are on a path of growth.
"We think that by the time Heschel West has its new campus, Kadima will be at the point that it can support itself with early childhood through fifth grade," Evenhaim said. "If you look at every successful organization, they took risks. We really feel this is a risk we should take because it will make us stronger and it's better for the children and the community."
For more information, visit www.kadimaacademy.org or www.heschelwest.com.
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