Want input on the new North High School?


Want input on the “new North High School?” A first step is to help hire the consultant that will lead the efforts.

On Thursday, Feb. 24, the public will be able to ask questions of the three “nationally recognized consultants” who will present proposals to lead the efforts for a new design for North High School: not the building, but the curriculum and everything else surrounding the student/community experience, including the possibility of the classes meeting at a different building to be determined.

The meeting is Thursday, Feb. 24, 5-8 p.m. at North High School, 1500 James Ave. N. with child care provided. It will follow an afternoon of closed-session questioning by a panel made up of equal numbers school district representatives and community representatives. The entire process will be advisory to Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson who will make the final selection.

For more information, contact Scott Redd, Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, at scott.redd@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-668-0641.

Three community representatives for the closed-session questioning were chosen Feb. 17 at a meeting attended by about 45 people by the time the food arrived. They are: Jean Taylor-Coleman, Juan Jackson and Kerry Felder. Two others would be selected by the North High Community Coalition from their membership in a process that they will determine before the 24th.

Again, the public is welcome to ask questions for the three hours 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24.

The three consultant groups are:

– Institute for Student Achievement, from New York, Gerry House, president and CEO. www.studentachievement.org

– Institute for Research and Reform in Education, of New Jersey, (James P. Connell) with The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change (Anne C. Kubisch). www.irre.org and www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/community-change

– National Equity Project, of Oakland, California, Chinyelu Martin, Senior Director. www.nationalequityproject.org