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.
Charter School Division Staff
Director of Charter School Authorizing
Authorizing Specialist, Governance and Operations
Authorizing Specialist, Environmental Education
Authorizing Specialist, Academics
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
Mary Ellen Vetter
ACNW Board of Directors
To view a list of current board members, click here.
Commissioner-Approved Authorizing Plan (AAP)
MN Authorizer Performance Evaluation System (MAPES)
Income and Expenditures Statements