After the first Barlow Park charter school information session beget numerous questions from parents along with a desire for more information, the elementary school staff decided to host another information session last Thursday evening.

   However, this one was in a science fair format, unlike the first one which was more of a presentation followed by a Q&A.

   The Thursday event, featuring tables with poster boards explaining aspects of the proposed charter school, occurred in the Barlow Park Elementary School media center and was attended by Barlow Park staff, several parents and community members and a majority of the Ripon School Board.

   The small group enabled elementary educators to have one-on-one conversations with attendees, answering a range of questions regarding the charter school

   One attendee, School Board candidate Nate Zimdars, wondered “Are there other charter schools like this in the state?”

   Barlow Park kindergarten teachers Keycia Dahlvig and Kaitlyn Wiese noted Waukesha is investigating a similar option; however, Barlow Park Elementary School is farther ahead, leading the pack.

   Read the full story, including comments from parents attending the session, in the Feb. 21, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.