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Several area private schools are planning for future growth

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Oak Grove School, one of Ojai's six private boarding schools, has submitted plans to the Ventura County Planning Division that would allow for a 10 percent increase in the school's population over the next decade, the construction of three “mindfulness spaces,” four performing arts spaces, a student multipurpose room, a basketball court and other improvements to the West Lomita Avenue campus.
The Ojai Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) unanimously agreed Nov. 20 to the proposed changes to the school's conditional use permit (CUP). The matter will come before the Ventura County Planning Division Dec. 4.
Oak Grove currently serves 220 students. The revised CUP would allow for a maximum of 245 students.
Though the revised CUP would allow for a 10 percent increase in Oak Grove's student population, Oak Grove Head of School Jodi Grass doesn't believe the growth described in the application will occur in the near future.
“I think that an increase over 220 (students) is highly possible,” said Grass “An increase to 240 would require many conversations internally.”
“This is more something we want to explore and thoughtfully approach over the next 20 years,” she said, adding the school has no plans to increase student housing.

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