After 16 years, junior high and high school students at Stone Ridge Christian School finally have a permanent school campus to call home.
Beginning in September, the long-awaited school campus in Merced County, located at 2738 Dan Ward Road, was open to students.
"We definitely have an option for more students," said Samantha Maraspini, marketing director for the school, in a phone interview. "I think for students it's a place to call home."
Prior to the campus opening, Maraspini said, classroom sizes were smaller and in portables at First Baptist Church in Merced. There is a lot more students can do on campus, she said, like more hands-on learning in science, now students have Chrome books and they just started an FFA chapter.
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"There's so much more we can do here than in portables and temporary living quarters," Maraspini said.
School officials celebrated the new campus Thursday with a formal ribbon cutting.
Stone Ridge is a Prek-12 grade school, Maraspini said, and they have plans to expand the campus to fit all grades. There are currently 50 employees and more than 360 students, she said.