West Sound Academy buys former parsonage for student housing

POULSBO — West Sound Academy, an international baccalaureate school for grades 6-12, has closed on the purchase of a residential property from Poulsbo's First Lutheran Church.

The closing price was $310,000, according to Susan Trower, West Sound Academy librarian.

This summer, the school will move forward with plans to renovate the home on 4th Avenue in order to make it available as a dormitory for international and domestic boarding students.

West Sound Academy's Head of School Barrie Hillman looked into acquiring the house, formerly the church parsonage, for use as a student dormitory at the suggestion of Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson.

"The mayor's office has been so supportive of the school's efforts to acquire the property," Hillman said. "We're very appreciative of their help in working through all the due diligence related to its eventual use as a dormitory."

First Lutheran Church and West Sound Academy first started talking about the house last spring. “Pastor Kent Shane and the church board of directors recognized the value to the community that our students bring to Poulsbo and were extremely patient in giving us the time we needed to obtain permits and financing,” Hillman said.

West Sound Academy leases the Murphy House on Hostmark Street as a dormitory for students as well.

The new dormitory will be named Cedar House and will welcome its first student residents in spring 2015, after ADA accommodations are installed and other renovations and upgrades are made in accordance to the conditional use permit approved by the city.


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