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Good Shepherd HS gets more permanent local home

Good Shepherd students just recently moved into their more permanent "temporary" home on the campus of Trinity Academy. The portable facility has two classrooms. Photo by Meg Heaton1 / 2
This is the second year Good Shepherd High School has been operating in Hudson. There are currently 11 students. Their teacher is Patrick Riechter. Students come from throughout the St. Croix Valley. Photo by Meg Heaton2 / 2

The students of Good Shepherd High School have a new place to call their own.

The school has been operating on the Trinity Academy campus in Hudson since last year but only recently moved into its new home, a portable facility located just behind the school.

The school serves grades 9-12. This year there are 11 students enrolled and they come from throughout the St. Croix Valley. That enrollment is up from the seven students who were enrolled last year.

Their teacher is Patrick Riechter, a licensed teacher with a general background. He teaches all the core subjects including math, English by grade, history and science as well as Christian curriculum. In addition, he also teachers Spanish and assists student who are pursuing other areas of study. Some of those include art classes, small engine repair and more as school can support them. The students are in the processing of finishing a shop project -- lockers for their new space. The students also have access to the Trinity gym for physical education and share the school's music teacher.

The students say that though their resources are more limited than in a larger high school, the one-on-one attention they get from their teacher and the close relationship they have with other students is a good trade-off.

Good Shepherd has been operating as a school since 1982. It was formerly located in River Falls and served elementary and middle school students. Trinity offered space in its own school when the decision was made to start the high school and many of the Good Shepherd elementary and middle students now attend Trinity Academy.

Riechter says the school is non-denominational. He expects two students to graduate this year. Tuition for the year is $4,500. Scholarships are available on a limited basis. The school will be

conducting fundraisers to support construction of a more permanent facility and expand the school's resources.

For more information about Good Shepherd

High School, e-mail or call him at (715) 222-0384.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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