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Update:Wyalusing Academy in Prairie du Chien closing

| October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments
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City Administrator Aaron Kramer issued the following statement on the Prairie du Chien Facebook page regarding the closing of the Wyalusing Academy:

“Earlier today (Wednesday), I met with Dave Fritsch, President/CEO of Clincare, and Mary Beth Specht, Executive Director of Wyalusing Academy, to discuss the recent decision to close down the facility. According to the Wisconsin Department of Family Services, the final relocation of the 45 current residents is expected to occur no later than November 22, 2013. This is a difficult time for the 144 employees who will be affected by the closure, and our thoughts are with them. I assured Dave and Mary Beth that the City will provide whatever assistance will be needed during this painful transition. The meeting rooms in City Hall will be made available, if needed, for worker assistance and job relocation programming. I will also be meeting with a representative from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Thursday to review what other assistance the City can provide.

The City will also provide what assistance and guidance is requested as the future of the current building and the parcel it resides on is determined. We will work with the Prairie du Chien Economic Development Corporation and Crawford County Economic Development Corporation in exploring what options are available.

I was pleased to hear that the New Frontier Academy, which Clinicare operates, will remain open. The facility currently has 24 at-risk students enrolled, and provides a valuable educational service for the region, as well as employment for eight individuals.”

City Administrator Aaron Kramer


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Prairie du Chien, Wis.(AP) – A residential care center in Prairie du Chien will close after a June incident that left a child severely injured.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports  the state Department of Children and Families revoked Wyalusing Academy’s license in September. The company that operates the facility, Clinicare Corp., appealed.

But the academy announced on Tuesday it would give up its licenses as part of a settlement with the state and would close on Nov. 8.

Clinicare President David Fritsch said the facility’s 45 residents will be relocated to other residential care facilities for children and adolescents.

The DCF revocation letter says staffers injured the child on June 24 while performing a series of restraints.

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