SOUTH WEBER -- The next few months will be busy for Kent Fuller as he prepares to open the newest charter school in Davis County.
HighMark Charter School, at 2467 E. South Weber Drive, will open in August to approximately 580 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
"The focus of the school is on business and the application of different skills using the technology actually used in the workplace," Fuller said.
Fuller, who lives in Salt Lake City, was hired as the principal in March. He worked eight years as a teacher and 15 years as a principal in the Granite School District.
He spent the past two years as an assistant principal at a charter school in Draper.
Fuller is interviewing teachers, getting school supplies and meeting parents of the incoming student body.
"I've already been to a couple of teacher fairs this past week. Getting a good group of teachers is my No. 1 priority," he said. "Then to keep a good, quality staff by providing in-service and training, plus share the vision of what we're doing and show them what we want is the next priority."
Initially, Fuller did not think of education as a career. He got a degree in finance and headed into the business world in the 1970s.
"Then the economy tanked," Fuller said.
He found himself working as a substitute teacher and soon realized he liked teaching kids. Now he wants to help students learn the realities of business.
The school will provide opportunities for students from third grade to ninth grade to participate in entrepreneurial fairs, according to the school's website.
For the first year the school is open, Fuller said, it will have students only in kindergarten to eighth grade. Ninth grade will be added for the school's second year.
The school will teach students that there is a certain amount of risk when starting a business, Fuller said.
As a charter school, it still answers to the Office of Education, Fuller said. Students will still study the state's core curriculum, but it will be geared around a business focus. The school will have the latest technology available for students and teachers, Fuller said.
"It has all the bells and whistles," he said.