Petition to Start a Charter School in the Tomorrow River School District
1. The name of the person who is seeking to establish the charter school: Shannon Korger,
Chamomile Nusz, Tina Giombetti and Rebecca Towne.
2. The name of the person who will be in charge of the charter school and the manner in which
administrative services will be provided: During the initial school startup the above named will
be in charge and prior to the school opening a principal will be hired to work with schools
Governance Board and committees made up of staff, parents and community members.
3. A description of the educational program of the school: The School is being developed with the
realization that traditional school settings work well for most children but not all; the goal is to
diversify the educational opportunities for students and parents in the Tomorrow River School
District. We believe this will draw young families to our community as well as students from
surrounding school districts and home schooled children; bringing more revenue into the
district. The School will work closely with Amherst Elementary and Middle School filling gaps
that are identified by teachers, administrators and the School Board.
The School will encourage and develop a love of learning in every child. Students will be lead
along this path by teachers dedicated to incorporating curriculum that weaves together ideas,
principals, movement and activities giving students an understanding of each subject and its’
direct relation to the world around them. The educational philosophy will be inspired by Enki,
Waldorf and other non-traditional academic styles giving teachers the freedom to explore and
identify methods that work best for their students. There will be an emphasis on the outdoors,
languages and the arts helping children to explore their creative side during younger
developmental years. This whole child education fosters the skill set necessary to become
creative, confident and compassionate individuals. In our non-competitive learning environment
children will flourish working together to reach educational excellence.
4. The methods the school will use to enable pupils to attain the educational goals under s. 118.01:
The School will adhere to the goals described in 118.01: Curriculum and Instruction. Although
Waldorf, Enki and other non-traditional curriculum and instruction will be incorporated no
religion will be included.
5. The method by which pupil progress in attaining the educational goals under s. 118.01 will be
measured: Teachers will provide written reports on students’ progress, no grades will be given.
The school will administer the required state testing for students; participate in the state
assessment system and the annual School Performance Report.
6. The governance structure of the school, including the method to be followed by the school to
ensure parental involvement: The School will have a Governance Board that consists of staff,
parents and community members; the School will have student teacher conferences, seasonal
festivals and many opportunities for parents to become involved.
7. Subject to sub. (7) (a) and (am) and ss. 118.19 (1) and 121.02 (1) (a) 2., the qualifications that
must be met by the individuals to be employed in the school: Teachers will be licensed by the
Department of Public Instruction.
8. The procedures that the school will follow to ensure the health and safety of the pupils: The
School will apply all state and local health and safety requirements and building codes
9. The means by which the school will achieve a racial and ethnic balance among its pupils that is
reflective of the school district population: The School will apply a non-discrimination policy in all
10. The requirements for admission to the school: The School is open to all students in the
Tomorrow River School District as well as students applying through the Wisconsin Inter-District
Open Enrollment process. Students will submit an application for admission. The students will
enter a lottery if applicants exceed availability; siblings of current students and children of staff,
Governance Board members and founders will receive preference and will be exempt from the
lottery. Students may enroll at any point during the school year if space is available, in
accordance with the Wisconsin Inter-District Open Enrollment process.
11. The manner in which annual audits of the financial and programmatic operations of the school
will be performed: The Schools Governance Board will determine annual audits.
12. The procedures for disciplining pupils: The School will follow procedures detailed in a Student
Hand book created by the Governance Board.
13. The public school alternatives for pupils who reside in the school district and do not wish to
attend or are not admitted to the charter school: Amherst Elementary School.
14. A description of the school facilities and the types and limits of the liability insurance that the
school will carry: The School will be in accordance with the Board of Education Policy.
15. The effect of the establishment of the charter school on the liability of the school district: None
16. The contract shall specify the amount to be paid to the charter school during each school year of
the contract: The School will receive funding based on the per-pupil formula applied to the other
schools in the Tomorrow River School district.