Duluth Edison taking steps to open first high school

By KBJR News 1

Duluth Edison Charter School North Star Academy

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth Edison Charter Schools has announced they will take the next step to pursue plans to open their first high school.

School officials say they will work with the AtWater Group commercial real state firm to find a location.

Duluth Edison, which operates two charter schools in Duluth serving elementary and middle-school students, considered pursuing its first high school earlier this summer but initially decided to wait.

While a formal decision to move ahead with a high school still would require approval by Duluth Edison’s Board of Directors, Tischer Creek Duluth Building Co., which owns property on behalf of the charter schools, has decided to seek a site with AtWater.

“Almost every day, parents ask us, ‘When are you going to open a high school?’” said Bonnie Jorgenson, head of schools. “Our parents overwhelmingly want the culture of North Star and Raleigh Academies in a high school context. So we are moving forward to find a location.”

“We were impressed by how many people came to us and asked when a high school was going to happen,” said Tami Siebert, president of the Board of Directors. “This allows us to begin that process.”

Jorgenson and Siebert said they are looking into a building in Duluth that could initially accommodate up to 600 students. Tischer Creek will consider repurposing existing sites as well as building a new school.

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