Published: Friday, April 17, 2015 at 05:04 PM in The Shelby Star.
Pinnacle Classical Academy announced plans at a press conference Friday to begin building phase one of a new campus on Joe’s Lake Road in the fall.
The school's building plan has three phases. The first phase of the project will include a 57,000 square foot, two-story classroom building with 34 classrooms, three STEM ( Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) labs, two art rooms, two exceptional children classrooms, a media center, a music room, teachers’ work rooms and lounges and an office suite.
In addition to the classroom building, phase one will include the construction of a separate 5,100 square foot gymnasium.
New facility is a permanent home
“A building doesn’t make a school. The school is about the people inside of it, but this new facility gives us our permanent home. Phase one is the point from which we can build our school,” headmaster Robert Brown said.
The phase one buildings will serve up to 768 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and is scheduled to open in 2017. Pinnacle Classical Academy currently serves 370 students at its campus located on South Post Road.
The first section of the new campus will be divided by age, with kindergarten and first grade students having their own wing on the first floor. Older students will be able to access the second floor from stairwells accessible from outside to avoid the wing for young students.
Financing for phase one of the campus will be provided by the USDA Rural Division.
“Pinnacle Classical Academy is an excellent organization that provides a premiere educational experience for its students and staff,” said Joshua Carswell, area specialist at the USDA Rural Division. “The new school facilities will provide a permanent location for Pinnacle and will allow for continued growth.”
Future plans include room for 1,300
Future building phases will allow the campus to serve up to 1,300 students. The building plans for the new campus show phase two and three adding an another wing and a gymnasium/auditorium complex.
“I am proud to have a part in this important endeavor to improve the opportunities for learning for the children of Cleveland County,” said architect Mark Patterson, Vice-President of ESD Architecture and Interior Design in Charlotte.
The new campus will also include various sports fields and a dedicated outdoor science trail, which will be complete sometime after phase one is complete, with the exact date depending on funding.
“The most important thing is making sure we have teachers in those classrooms with resources they need to educate,” said Wes Westmoreland, chair of the board of directors at Pinnacle Classical Academy.
Pinnacle is a tuition-free, independent public school chartered by the State of North Carolina. The college-preparatory school uses the classical education model and the Core Knowledge curriculum with an emphasis on STEM.