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Winnebago Task Force Explores Possibility of Opening Private School

by Jessica Bies

With Winnebago Elementary closing its doors to students in just a few weeks, a group of residents is exploring the possibility of opening a private classical school to take its place.

The Winnebago Education Task Force represents a group of 20 to 30 Winnebago-area community members with the stated goal of providing high-quality education to local children. It also seeks to keep the town an attractive locale for young parents, said task force member and First Financial Bank President Bill Erickson.

Which is why it’s teaming up with Genesis Classical Academy, a locally based nonprofit, to survey area residents about whether they’d be interested in sending their kids to a Winnebago-based private school instead of packing them onto buses bound for Blue Earth or Maple River. [continue reading…]

Task Force Explores School in Winnebago

For Immediate Release For More Information Contact: Bill Erickson
April 21, 2015 507-893-3155

Task Force Explores School in Winnebago

Area residents can expect to receive a survey in the next few days from the Winnebago Education Task Force. The task force is exploring the establishment of a private school in Winnebago and is evaluating area support.

“We would like to provide another high quality educational option for children in this area,” stated Scott Robertson, one of the task force members. “We need to get an idea of what the interest level is and how many kids could be served. Community members without school children have also expressed interest in the concept, and the survey will allow them to respond as well.”

In 2008 the task force took a serious look at starting a charter school in Winnebago, but changes to Minnesota charter school laws prevented start up. Task force members, originally interested in the charter school idea, decided to look into the private school concept.

Recently, Genesis Classical Academy, a newly-formed private school entity, approached the task force with the idea of planting a rigorous academic school with a non-denominational Christian perspective in the Winnebago area.

The survey asks what reasons parents might consider enrolling their children in the school, and the ages of potential students.

Robertson says he is pleased with the opportunity that has presented itself and he looks forward to reviewing the survey response for interest in a school that would help students to grow in wisdom and academic excellence.