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Central School to Chehalem Cultural Center: Part 7

Renovation of the ballroom. By Barbara Doyle This is the final installation of a of a multi-part series on the history of Central School. Installments in this series are adapted from Barbara Doyle's book on this topic: From Then 'till Now: Schooling in Newberg, Oregon. Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Part Five Part Six Officially the building became Chehalem Cultural Center in 2006 – but the building lacked heat, electricity, water, lights, and many interior walls. The Cultural Committee formed fund-raising and friend-raising subcommittees. Private donations and a $400,000 grant from the Ford Family Foundation provided enough money to begin the renovation tasks. Thematic programs lured local folks into and around the building – even onto a model railroad train ride to meet Santa. A part-time employee was hired. All contractor work had to meet Silver Status Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Chehalem Park and Recreation District agreed to cover all future cost