The city's industrial park soon will be adding a "university" among its light manufacturing businesses.
University for Children, a private, not-for-profit school for grades K-12, received approval from the City Council Tuesday night to locate in the industrial park. The school needed special approval because industrial park regulations don't allow schools."This is the thing of the future," said Lillian Zarndt, founder and director of University for Children. "Satellite schools are going in industrial parks all over the country."
Zarndt said employees of businesses in the industrial park will be able to leave their children at the school throughout the day. Students remain at the school until late afternoon doing homework and participating in extracurricular activities such as music lessons.
Also, the school hopes to set up a partnership with businesses in the park so parents won't have to bear the entire cost of tuition. Some businesses might even consider locating satellite classrooms of University for Children on-site.
The school, which currently houses 38 students, has outgrown its current building in Springville, Zarndt said. University for Children hopes to find a suitable building or began building a new one in the business park by fall.
The school is fully accreditated and offers Advanced Placement courses and college-prep tests, Zarndt said. She said the school limits class sizes to seven students so teachers can offer individual attention.