By Eric Jay Toll for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
A new East Valley charter high school, this time in Gilbert, was approved for American Charter Development, LLC. Classics and Fine Arts (CAFA) High School is proposed for a 7.1 acre site, Recker and Warner roads, Gilbert. The 62KSF two-story high school is being developed by American Charter, the same company responsible for construction of Champion Chandler charter school, approved last month (AZBEX, Mar. 21).
American Charter funds construction and leases charter schools back to the education business while the charter operators seek long-term financing to take ownership. Typically, the funding has come from low-interest Industrial Development Authority bonds. Pima County’s IDA previously funded two charter schools in Gilbert (AZBEX, Sep. 10).
The 800-student school will have classrooms, performance rooms and a 500-seat auditorium. A multipurpose room and offices are also part of the project. On the campus, the school plans an athletic field, outdoor eating area and basketball court. Gilbert approved the school at its April 2 meeting.
As with Champion, the same team is involved in project development. The civil and entitlement work is being handled by Bowman Consulting, Tempe. Harris Architecture (formerly Ken Harris Architects), Provo, Utah, is designing the project. M-13 Construction, Inc., Springville, Utah, is the GC. American Charter is also based in Springville.
The campus is wrapped by the Cooper Ranch subdivision, and proposes access from Recker and Warner roads with a connection to Swallow Lane on the west.