New charter school in Green Bay School District set to open in September

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A new charter school in the Green Bay Area Public School District is set to open in September.

Northeast Wisconsin School of Innovation, or NEW Innovation, will focus on technology education in partnership with University Wisconsin Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

The school will be located at 701 Cherry St., just east of downtown Green Bay.

"We're a proficiency based program that are targeting all students, but specifically students who are struggling in their traditional schools,” NEW Innovation administrator Jason Johnson said.

Johnson said the classroom setting will be different for students.

"We'll have a definite smaller student to staff ratio,” said Johnson. “So instead of being in a class with 25 students and one teacher, you might be in a class with 15 to 20 students."

The building where the school will be located was formerly the Wisconsin Job Center.

"We are evaluating and meeting right now to determine what the needs are for the two charter schools,” Director of Facilities Mike Stangel said. “Then we'll be doing some minor renovation to the building."

John Dewey Academy of Learning will also share the building.

The school will serve students in grades seventh through ninth and high school seniors.

A $900,000 grant from the State Department of Public Instruction will be used towards the school.

"A bulk of the money will be used on teachers and staff that work at our school,” said Johnson. “Our teachers will have far more development opportunities and responsibility than a teacher at another school."

Applications for the school are open on the Green Bay public school district's website until February 1. Click here and select the "Enroll" tab for school transfer forms.

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