Of the 23 community members who submitted applications, 4 were selected by the joint district-community interview team, and 5 others were elected by the community at a public meeting last Thursday. The process for selection included community members nominated each other or themselves to serve on the committee. Each candidate gave a brief statement and then those present at the meeting voted for up to four candidates.
MPS has announced the 9 community members who will serve on the committee: Ariah Fine, Brett Buckner, Deanna Williamson, Kale Severson, Kerry Felder, Kim Ellison, Marcus Owens, Rose Brewer and Susan Young.
The advisory committee is comprised of 14 total members, including the following MPS leaders: Associate Superintendent Mark Bonine, Director of School Improvement Eric Molho, Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement Scott Redd, Director of Strategic Planning Maggie Sullivan and ex-officio committee member Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson. Community alternates for the committee include Buzzy Bohn, Erika dos Santos, Leola Seals and T. Williams.
ISA is a nonprofit school turnaround organization that partners with school districts and communities to transform underperforming high schools into new academically rigorous and personalized schools. “We look forward to working with ISA, the advisory committee and community to create school design that is genuinely reflective of the needs of students in north Minneapolis,” said Bonine. “Collaboration and engagement with the community continues to be a key focus in our work moving forward.”