Charter School Authorization

The Winona Area Public Schools district is a charter school authorizer. We currently authorize two schools, Bluffview Montessori School in Winona and Ridgeway Community School in Ridgeway, Minn.

Mission

The mission of the Winona Area Public Schools charter authorizing program is to support a small number of charter schools to advance Winona Area Public Schools' mission by using quality authorizing practices to oversee and promote charter schools that assist schools in reaching their full potential.

The Winona Area Public Schools district charter school vision is in accordance with Minnesota Statute 124E.01 (2016) Charter Schools, which states:

“The primary purpose of charter schools is to improve all pupil learning and all student achievement.  Additional purposes include to:

  • increase learning opportunities for all pupils;
  • encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods;
  • measure learning outcomes and create different and innovative forms of measuring outcomes;
  • establish new forms of accountability for schools; or
  • create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the school site.”  

Vision

To authorize high-quality charter schools dedicated to increasing student learning through innovative teaching practices and educational opportunities for students within the Winona Area Public Schools district boundaries.

Charter School Best Practices

Organizational Involvement

As a charter school authorizer in Minnesota, the Winona Area Public Schools administrative team is focused on ensuring high-quality services to our portfolio of charter schools. Our team engages with many professional organizations, including:

 

Charter School Advisory Team

Dr. Annette K. Freiheit

Superintendent

 

Dr. Maurella L. Cunningham

Director of Learning and Teaching

 

Kristy Millering

Director of Finance

 

Dr. Sarah Knudsen

Director of Special Education

 

Steven Schild

Board Member: 1st District