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Charter schools receive grant money

(WAOW)-- Three Wausau-area charter schools received thousands of dollars to help fund classes in the next school year.

In the D.C. Everest School District, the IDEA Charter School received a $175,000 initial implementation award.

Superintendent Kristine Gilmore says one of the top priorities for that cash is getting the school off its feet.

"The grant money will be used for the start up costs.  The first two years were start up grants, so any of those costs that were attributed to that," says Gillmore. "The school will use a lot of technology, so it will go directly towards that infrastructure."

About 70 students plan to attend the IDEA Charter School next year at its newly-leased Weston location on Camp Phillips Road.

The Marathon Venture Academy also received an Initial Implementation Award.  Elementary school principal Jeff Reiche says the district will also put part of the $225,000 grant towards new technology.

"We've been able to secure some contracts with Apple to get iPads into the kids' hands and we really think that will enable us to work with kids who are needing enrichment at the high end, and then remediation at the low end."

Only two of the district's 120 middle school students opted out of attending the charter school.

Reiche says planning for the new school's concept has been both an exciting and daunting challenge.

"I'm a little bit nervous in that everything needs to be just right. We have to prove that things are a little bit different... it's not your traditional school."

 In Wausau, The Engineering and Global Leadership Academy will go into its second year with a $175,000 renewal grant.  That money is meant to continue where they left off last year.

Team leader Tim Fetting tells Newsline 9 it took a lot of hard work to apply for the grant and he says it's nice to see that work pay off.

"As the person that wrote the grant, I was very pleased to see that we had received it," Fetting says. "It really allows us as a program and as a school to look forward now and start looking towards the next two years."

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