Changes Underway for Next School Year

Tyler Bergner, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Notre Dame Academy has a long history going back to the consolidation of three Green Bay Catholic schools–Premontre, Pennings and St. Joe’s Academy–in 1990.

Throughout those 28 years, there has been a steady streak of enrollment and success in education. As the school year comes to a close, changes are already underway for the next school year.

Principal Patrick Browne has a very strong vision for the 2018-19 school year. One thing that will be featured next year is the “Special Needs Scholarship Program.”

In simpler terms, it “is a program that provides schools with money to help meet the educational needs of students who have various learning challenges.”

With the new program, the administration plans to hire another student service aide to assist Mr. Cassidy McGowan, and, of course, this will necessitate additional funding. The revenue will be coming from the State of Wisconsin.

New classes are also planned for the 2018-19 school year to meet the educational needs of students in the program.

No major changes to policies are planned at this time, but the effort to offer a rigorous curriculum will continue to be an area of focus.

Small changes, such as increasing accountability for homework completion by making discipline referrals for missing work, tightening up the dress code and helping guide everyone to understand the sacrifices and commitments that need to be made” were his details about upcoming changes.

At present, there is no plan for immediate physical school additions. Long-term, there are plans to add on to the NDA campus, but the school wants to work with the diocese to raise money.