|For Immediate Release||For More Information Contact: Bill Erickson|
|May 21, 2015||507-893-3155|
Area Survey Results Support New Private School
The Winnebago Area Education Task Force continues to work with Genesis Classical Academy (GCA) in establishing a private, non-denominational classical school in Winnebago, MN. Based on a seven-community survey, there appears to be significant interest supporting the initial phase of starting a PreK-2nd grade school this fall. Over 120 surveys were returned with a positive overall rating. The highest scoring reasons for attending GCA were individualized instruction scoring 2.8 out of 3 possible points and academic rigor and Christian perspective scoring 2.5 and 2.3 respectively.
Organizers emphasize that this will be a private school, not a public charter school. Genesis Classical Academy will begin with PreK-2nd grade and will continue adding grades each year. Teacher recruiting and training will begin shortly.
The Task Force completed its survey of possible locations and is in the process of securing a multi-functional, expandable site. Curriculum review and preparation of syllabus outlines are underway, including input from Christian leaders in the community.
The group has been able to make use of the legal and organizational work of Genesis Classical Academy. Genesis has applied for non-profit religious educational school status and much of the initial work on procuring the classical curriculum and policies has been completed. Local foundational board members have been appointed from the interest group. These include local businessmen Scott Robertson and Bill Erickson, Pastor Dennis Anders, retired educator Lois Willmert, and Renee Doyle, an Amboy resident who was an active part of the original Genesis group.
Plans are being made for a public meeting to present the new educational opportunity to the area residents and their children. Area residents interested in receiving progress updates should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.