School is back in session, and Yeshiva High School of Arizona is one step closer to moving into its new location on North 12th Street and Glendale Avenue.
“We’re in our final stages of construction,” said YHSA President David Segal. “We’re really rounding third and heading for home. We hope to be in by the end of September.”
Most of the renovation work, including light fixtures, classrooms, plumbing and electrical wiring, is almost complete. Segal credits Paul Stark and his company, Stark Construction, with moving the project along.
“They’ve been fabulous,” Segal said. “We’ve obviously had a couple of days of water and mud where work couldn’t be done. Any delays that have happened have been on our part and not the general contractor.”
Head of School Rabbi Gavriel Goetz said the renovated 5,000-square-foot building will be a more inclusive facility.
“It’s more of a campus, so if people want to have an event there they can,” Goetz said. “We have a nice basketball court where people in the community can come play. So we definitely have community in mind.”
While the school is currently at 29 students, Goetz hopes the new building will help will expand the student body by 10 percent to 15 percent every year.
But while the school is close to opening, there are still funds that need to be raised in order to pay for completion. As a result, YHSA will be running a crowdfunding campaign Sept. 15 and 16.
Segal hopes that everyone associated with the school will contribute.
“It’s our first time doing this in our nine-year history,” he said. “We have high hopes. You get what you put out there and we’ve been putting in quite a bit of work.” JN