Wonderland Charter School Is Closing, SCASD Says

Wonderland Charter School in Ferguson Township has decided to close, according to an announcement on Tuesday night from State College Area School District.

The district said that the Sandy Drive school has voluntarily shut down operations, before public hearings that were expected to be held this summer to decide if it would retain its charter.

Wonderland business manager and former CEO Hal Ohnmeis could not be reached for comment on Tuesday night. Ohnmeis and his wife, Marilyn, who served as educational director, founded Wonderland as a kindergarten and preschool in the early 1990s before beginning efforts to make it a charter school in 1998. SCASD rejected their request at the time, but that was overturned on appeal by the state in a case that lasted until 2002.

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