The Audubon Center of the North Woods (ACNW) is a non-profit, residential environmental learning center and green conference & retreat center nestled on the shores of Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, Minnesota. The Center offers a great variety of environmental learning experiences for people of all ages, with programming in natural history and science, team building, adventure programming, and outdoor/environmental education.

The ACNW Charter School Division (CSD) is located in Minneapolis and conducts oversight and evaluation of all schools authorized by ACNW throughout the state. The CSD is comprised of professionals with charter school authorizing and evaluation expertise. This includes both employees of ACNW and contracted service providers. The CSD is overseen and monitored by the Charter School Committee and the ACNW Board of Directors. Ultimately, the ACNW Board makes decisions regarding the ongoing authorization of any particular school.

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Charter School Division Staff

Erin Anderson
Director of Charter School Authorizing

Nalani McCutcheon
Associate Director of Charter School Authorizing

Brandon Gill
Authorizing Specialist, Governance and Operations

Mary Williams
Data & Communications Coordinator

Jolene Palme
Administrative Support

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Charter School Committee

The Charter School Committee (CSC) is a standing committee of the ACNW Board of Directors, and is charged by the board with overseeing authorizing activities. This includes making recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding new school applications, transfer of schools, reauthorization, and termination of contracts. The CSC holds regular meetings to conduct business based on reports provided by the Charter School Division.

Current Committee Members

Patty Maher
Steve McNeill
Sam Rankin
Mary Ellen Vetter
Mary Verbick
Bryan Wood
Della Young

ACNW Board of Directors
To view a list of current board members, click here.

Public Reports

Commissioner-Approved Authorizing Plan (AAP)

Annual Reports