Duluth Charter School Eyes Expansion
Posted at: 09/11/2013 6:17 PM
| Updated at: 09/11/2013 10:38 PM
By: Travis Dill
The Duluth Edison Charter Schools have served kindergarten to 8th grade students for over a decade, and now administrators are looking at sites for a high school.
Leaders for Duluth Edison announced a new partnership with the Atwater Group. The commercial real estate company will look at possible sites for a new high school in Duluth.
It is an exciting move for Head of Schools Bonnie Jorgenson.
“We kind of have all options on the table right now and we're excited to see what the next six months will bring as they pursue properties for us,” Jorgenson said.
She said the charter school serves over 1,300 students at two locations, and over 90 percent of parents want a high school.
“We'll it's been in some people's vision and mindset for a long time, but in the last four to five years we've really had a groundswell of support from the parents of the students in our K-8 schools,” Jorgenson said.
The Atwater Group said the Central High School site is a possible location, but the Duluth School District has been opposed to selling the facility to a competing school. Atwater will bring the Edison School Board more options within six months.
School leaders said they are open to repurposing an existing building or constructing a new facility. Either way it will take at least two years for the school to become a reality according to Jorgenson.
“There would definitely be at least a year of planning and then we would see the high school as evolving, probably starting with freshmen and adding a grad level each year,” Jorgenson said.
School officials hope to draw in about 600 students and create up to 50 new jobs with the potential new high school.