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Voyageurs Expeditionary High School held an open house Wednesday afternoon at its new location in the old Kobilka's building. Staff members Becky Reinarz, left, and Julie Johnson-Willborg, right, talk with new student Joseph Eckblod and his mother, Laura. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Charter school is weeks away from moving to new location

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Charter school is weeks away from moving to new location
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Having green space to garden, play a pick-up game of baseball or conduct a science experiment on is what Julie Johnson-Willborg, director of Voyageurs Expeditionary High School, is most excited about.

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In a few weeks, Voyageurs will move to its new location in the former Kobilka's Sporting Goods building located at 3724 Bemidji Ave. N.

According to Johnson-Willborg, all remodeling and construction projects in the new building will be completed in two weeks. The new building will house 10 employees and 65 students in grades 9-12.

The new location is a big change from the historic Union Square Mayflower Building, which the school has leased from Kraus Anderson since 2005.

In its new location, pine trees stamp newly tiled floors, walls have been freshly painted an earthy shade of green and windows line the west side. Instead of facing Lake Bemidji, the school now faces Bemidji State University's and Northwest Technical College's Optivation center.

"The biggest difference (between the old building and the new one) is the yard," Johnson-Willborg said. "I am so excited for the outdoor area. It gives us places where we can do gardening, use it as a soccer field or do some landscaping."

Johnson-Willborg said the new building is smaller, but it will operate more efficiently.

"It's everything that it should be for project-based learning," math teacher Paul Johnson said. "The (project-based learning) advisory areas are going to be together so we can help each other. There's going to be a lot of loud discussion so the kids can learn from each other."

Johnson added this year the school has scheduled seminar courses to be offered often throughout the day rather than once a day.

"It's going to feel more like college," he said.

Y awilliams@bemidjipioneer.com

Having green space to garden, play a pick-up game of baseball or conduct a science experiment on is what Julie Johnson-Willborg, director of Voyageurs Expeditionary High School, is most excited about.

In a few weeks, Voyageurs will move to its new location in the former Kobilka's Sporting Goods building located at 3724 Bemidji Ave. N.

According to Johnson-Willborg, all remodeling and construction projects in the new building will be completed in two weeks. The new building will house 10 employees and 65 students in grades 9-12.

The new location is a big change from the historic Union Square Mayflower Building, which the school has leased from Kraus Anderson since 2005.

In its new location, pine trees stamp newly tiled floors, walls have been freshly painted an earthy shade of green and windows line the west side. Instead of facing Lake Bemidji, the school now faces Bemidji State University's and Northwest Technical College's Optivation center.

"The biggest difference (between the old building and the new one) is the yard," Johnson-Willborg said. "I am so excited for the outdoor area. It gives us places where we can do gardening, use it as a soccer field or do some landscaping."

Johnson-Willborg said the new building is smaller, but it will operate more efficiently.

"It's everything that it should be for project-based learning," math teacher Paul Johnson said. "The (project-based learning) advisory areas are going to be together so we can help each other. There's going to be a lot of loud discussion so the kids can learn from each other."

Johnson added this year the school has scheduled seminar courses to be offered often throughout the day rather than once a day.

"It's going to feel more like college," he said.

awilliams@bemidjipioneer.com

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