Green Bay School District looks to open a new charter school for at-risk students

Michelle Langenfeld speaks on charter school, July 11, 2018. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) --- A new charter school for at-risk students within the Green Bay Area Public School District is set to open for the 2019 school year, thanks to a $900,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Michelle Langenfeld, the superintendent for the district, said they already have a competency based program for at-risk 12th graders.

The program was launched in 2015 and has already helped more than 200 students. With the new charter school Langenfeld said they will now focus on helping additional students in seventh grade though 14th.

"We have seen great success. students that perhaps may have dropped out are now engaging in the program and most go on to post-secondary or the military so most are moving in a very positive way," said Langenfeld. "The NEW School of Innovation for students is an alternative program to meet the needs of students who may not have had success in a traditional school pathway."

Jason Johnson, the future administrator of the charter school, said it will be an expansion of the program already in place. He also said a new curriculum will be created and tailored to meet the needs of each student.

"The traditional model works for a lot of students, but there are still a large group of students that it doesn't work for, " said Johnson. "Those students that don't fit into the traditional student, that are dealing with mental health, poverty, AODA issues and they need something a little different," he said.

The district is also working with the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay to allow students to earn college credit through the program. The goal is to have around 250 students in grades seventh though ninth and 12th enrolled for the first school year.

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