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Feb 11th

North High redesign update

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Minneapolis Public Schools and the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) on April 20 held the first meeting of the North High Redesign Advisory Committee, a group of nine community members and five school district leaders that will help inform and guide the work of redesigning North High School. 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.

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.

The 9 community members selected last month to serve on the committee are Ariah Fine, Brett Buckner, Deanna Williamson, Kale Severson, Kerry Felder, Kim Ellison, Marcus Owens, Rose Brewer and Susan Young.

The advisory committee will meet regularly to help plan for the launch of a new program at North High School starting in the 2012-13 school year. The committee will provide feedback and input into the design process, including helping to interview a new principal and shaping the school’s academic focus. At the first meeting, committee members discussed their vision for the new school and identified potential challenges.

“Hearing from the advisory team inspired and energized me in our work moving forward,” said Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson. “Realizing our vision for this school will require hard work, commitment and effort. Most importantly, it will require each of us to think and work differently than we ever have before. We agree that North must be a place that students are proud to call home and we are dedicated to meeting this goal.”

Peter Christensen joined the North High School administrative team as principal in March and recently agreed to continue in his position through the transition to the new North. Christensen is a well-respected educator whose long career includes experience in teaching, administration and mentoring.

To receive email updates on North, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line “North redesign updates” or call the MPS Office of Communications at 612.668.0230.


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