Less than a year after a St. Cloud charter school announced they would be closing for good, they now have a much brighter future. STRIDE Academy just received approval from its new authorizer Pillsbury United Communities for a five-year contract.
STRIDE Academy has hired a new executive director. School Board chair Sara Fromm says they have hired Eric Williams. He has most recently served as the Executive Director of Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul.
Athlos Academy and Math & Science Academy are gearing up for the next school year with both expecting to see enrollment increases. Since the announcement of Stride Academy closing at the end of this school year, both charter schools say the closure will impact their upcoming school years.
A state representative from St. Cloud is going to bat for STRIDE Academy. Republican Tama Theis says she's spent the past couple of weeks looking into what the options are for saving the St. Cloud charter school, including making another plea to the authorizer.