Come August, Green Lake School could have several new faces — perhaps from around the world.
Last week, the School Board narrowly gave the approval to allow the administration to progress with plans for international students to open-enroll into Green Lake School.
This could help turn the tide of struggling enrollment.
The venture would be coordinated through an organization called “Aim High,” which works with student athletes domestically and internationally to improve their academics. It could bring in as many as 10 international or domestic students to Green Lake this coming year, aside from any exchange program.
Board members voted 4-3 to approve working on a contract, which will return to the board for final consideration.
Meade Grim, Harley Reabe and Dennis Deyo voted no. Grim and Reabe said they needed more information, while Deyo indicated his concern about international athletes replacing Green Lake students on school sports teams.
Green Lake School Board members spoke in depth with Aim High representatives Jerry and Erika Ernst last week Wednesday.
While visiting the area, the couple had seen an article about Green Lake School’s International Baccalaureate program in the Oshkosh Northwestern and became interested in teaming up with the school. See the full article and other Green Lake School news in the July 21 Ripon Commonwealth Press.