Kairos charter school to open in publishing office

Kairos Academies, the only charter middle school expected to open in St. Louis this year, has signed a lease for a portion of Concordia Publishing House’s building in the Marine Villa neighborhood.

Kairos plans to open in the 143-year-old building at the corner of Miami Street and Jefferson Avenue by mid-August for an initial sixth-grade class of 115 students.

Co-founder and CEO Gavin Schiffres said the former office layout of the new space meshes with the school’s mission: to teach kids in environments similar to the open-office spaces where they will one day work.

“<a href="http://nie.post-dispatch.com/%3Ca%20href%3D"https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/study-open-plan-offices-are-making-workers-less-social/article_06cba642-27f2-57cd-9fef-cee3863f0160.html?utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=user-share"">https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/study-open-plan-offices-are-maki... target="_blank">People work in open-office co-working spaces</a>,” he said.

“We are trying to create a space where students can self-manage and work productively.”

Lease terms will allow Kairos to secure additional space on other floors as the charter school grows, Schiffres said.

It has renewal options that will give it access to the building for 20-plus years.

In addition to Schiffres, Kairos was co-founded by Jack Krewson, son of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. He said the effort has no involvement from City Hall.

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