From STAFF REPORTS
Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 | 10:23 AM
The Aveson Charter School unveiled plans to move its Aveson Global Leadership Academy middle- and high-school classes by leasing a building on Altadena Drive and Lincoln Avenue that has long been under construction.
Executive Director Kate Bean said around 300 students, 200 grades 6-8, about 100 for grades 9-12, will be moved into the new building in September. The plan also ends the Aveson’s three years of frustration with the property, reported Altadenablog.com.
According to Bean, Aveson will also be putting up a small café in the building that is open to the public. The cafés operation will be tied to culinary arts, healthy living, and entrepreneurship to teach students how to run a business.
To address the problem of a traffic gridlock in the location, Bean said Aveson plans to stagger its opening and closing times with the nearby Odyssey Charter School. Already, Aveson has initiated talks with the California Highway Patrol and Altadena Sheriff’s Station to address the impending traffic problem in the area once the school starts to operate there.
Aveson has been on the lookout for a new commercial facility after its decision to expand its services into grades 6-12. The school, which also includes the Aveson School For Leaders (grades K-5), started in the old Noyes school building in East Altadena.
The transfer to the commercial building on Altadena Drive and Lincoln Avenue was first approved in 2010 but the previous owner of the property did not pushed through with the construction and the property was put for sale.
Currently, Aveson’s grade 6-12 Global Leadership Academy are housed at the Boys and Girls Club, and then to Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church in Pasadena.
Fortunately, Bean reported that the new owner of the property pledged to complete its construction in time for fall.