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Lakeland, WI: Board approved new charter school for students with ASD

Feb 2, 2018, Minocqua, WI, Lakeland Times: LUHS approves contract with charter school http://www.lakelandtimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=9&SubSectionID=9&ArticleID=39952 With the unanimous decision of the Lakeland Union High School Board on Monday to approve a structural design for a new charter school, area parents of children with autism in the Northwoods took a major leap forward on the path towards operating the school in the region. … For several years, Lakeland Times publisher Gregg Walker and other area parents have been working on launching a new school based on an organization in Crystal, Minn. Known as the Lionsgate Academy, the facility is a public charter school open to all but has programs which work effectively for individuals on the autism spectrum. … According to the copy of the contract distributed at the meeting, the governance council will oversee the high school. Another school is planned for younger students in the same site called Northern Wisconsin School for Diverse Learners and will be overseen by the Minocqua-Hazelhurst-Lake Tomahawk School Board - but final authority on matters like hiring will be in the hands of the district superintendent and the LUHS board. In addition, the name is in flux and may be changed to something which would be easier for branding purposes. …