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Odyssey Community School Board of Trustees announced its intent to sell its 90 Zillicoa Street property to the UNC Asheville Foundation. As part of the agreement, Odyssey Community School will lease the property from the foundation through June 2014, so it can complete the school year in place while establishing their new home for the 2014-15 school year.
“Odyssey Community School is taking an important and needed step for its financial future by selling the Zillicoa Street property,” said Bill Loose, chair of Odyssey’s Board of Trustees. “We have already begun our search for a new, financially sustainable site. We gathered on Tuesday, January 7th, as a school community and discussed the sale plans, and we are looking forward to our staff and parents’ involvement in helping us choose the most appropriate new home for our small, close-knit school.”
“We are looking forward to next year,” said Odyssey Headmaster John Johnson. “Together with our faculty and staff, students and parents, we will make this transition a successful one. And I am glad that the 90 Zillicoa Street site will continue to serve Asheville’s educational community as property of the UNC Asheville Foundation, which has worked with us to reach an agreement that meets the needs of both organizations.”
“This purchase provides an opportunity to facilitate the long-term growth of UNC Asheville,” said Michael Andry, chair of the UNC Asheville Foundation Board of Directors. “The 90 Zillicoa Street property, combined with the adjacent land at 525 Broadway owned by the UNC Asheville Foundation, will give the university a 15-acre area for growth just across the street from our main campus.”
In August 2014, Odyssey Community School will enter its eighth year serving the Asheville community. Odyssey operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, with a mission to prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st century from an authentic sense of self. Odyssey combines high academic standards with a deep sense of knowing self and encourages a meaningful relationship between the two. Odyssey is a community-centered integral learning institution spanning pre-k through high school with a low student-teacher ratio.