Henderson Charter School Expanding 08 Mar 13

The Minnesota New Country School in Henderson will now be offering an elementary school curriculum next fall. The charter school currently serves approximately 115 students in grades 6 through 12. Next school year’s expansion will enroll an anticipated 50 kindergarten through sixth-grade students. The school’s application to offer elementary courses was denied by the state twice. The first plan would have involved a partnership with Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools The second proposal was to open an elementary school separate from the existing charter school. Under the approved plan, New Country will be one school with two campuses and shared staff. The Henderson site of the elementary school is yet to be revealed, but school officials say they should have a location secured in the next few weeks. The school will then hire staff based upon student numbers. New Country opened in 1994, and draws students from a 45-mile radius of Henderson.