Capstone Classical Academy to sit on 14 acres in Pleasant View

Tuesday , May 23, 2017 - 5:15 AM

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

Editor’s note: Due to misinformation from a source, a previous version of this story incorrectly spelled Patrick Munson’s name. The Standard-Examiner regrets the error.

PLEASANT VIEW — About 14 acres of land to the west of U.S. Highway 89 in Pleasant View has been secured for Capstone Classical Academy.

The school's charter was approved by the Utah State Board of Education in February. Construction is slated to begin in late fall 2017 and be finished by August 2018 for the school to open, serving grades 6-12.

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Susan Goers, Capstone’s director and founder, said the land cost about $1.5 million.

The board of directors originally wanted the charter school to sit on 2700 North but Goers said they realized the traffic there is too hectic and the land too expensive.

The spot along U.S. 89 is also in the northern part of the Weber School District and near housing areas. Goers said the location could draw students from Brigham City and crowded Weber schools.

“There’s huge expansion and housing going on there,” she said.

The school will have a classical curriculum and use project-based learning concepts, so the building will reflect the need for large collaborative learning spaces.

The school’s board chairman Christopher Gurnee said the location is accessible without creating traffic jams on nearby roads.

“This really meets the needs of the community,” he said. “We’re just excited to get out and make a difference.”

The Capstone charter school expects to enroll 360 students during year one, 505 students during year two and 700 students by year three, according to Standard-Examiner archives.

Goers said Monday, May 22 that 63 students have been pre-enrolled. Board members have been charged with recruiting but the big push for enrollment growth will happen with the launch of a new website in July or August.

"We want people to know who to go to, people who they see and can talk to them about what it is we're doing," Goers said.

Alongside Gurnee, board members include Aaron Stringer, Brittni Donnelson, Patrick Munson and Tammi Ross. Goers is a non-voting member along with Lynn Hinckley.

Contact education reporter Anna Burleson at aburleson@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnagatorB or like her on Facebook at Facebook.com/BurlesonReports.

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