Trinity Lutheran School in Wausau hopes to become a voucher school for the 2014-15 school year under the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program.
The school has submitted the proper forms to participate in the program, which pays private school tuition for income-eligible parents, said Gina Maroszek, interim principal and teacher at the school. Now the school is encouraging parents to fill out application forms to receive the payments. Maroszek said that the more parents who submit the application, the better chances are for the school to be chosen for the program.
Twenty-five new school systems will be added to the program for the 2014-15 school year, according to the Department of Public Instruction, and those with the highest number of applicants will be chosen. Parents can apply at http://sms.dpi.wi.gov/wpcp-statewide.
Trinity will hold open house information sessions about the program, and school leaders will help parents apply in the school's computer lab. Those sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday; 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 18; and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 26. The school is located at 501 Stewart Ave. For more information, people may email Maroszek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to qualify for vouchers, students must come from families with income levels equal to or less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level. The program is limited to 1,000 students, up from 500 this school year. Schools that qualified to receive vouchers this school year will be allocated the same number of voucher pupil slots for 2014-15.