The selection of nine dedicated community members completes the creation of a strong, committed advisory committee that will help inform and guide the work of the Institute for Student Achievement and Minneapolis Public Schools in the process to redesign North High School.
Minneapolis Public Schools is pleased to announce that the following nine community members 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.
Twenty-three interested community members submitted applications to be considered for the committee, of which four community members were selected by the joint district-community interview team that selected the North redesign consultant. Five others were elected by the community at a public meeting last Thursday.
As part of the process for selection, community members nominated each other or themselves to serve on the committee. Each candidate had an opportunity to give a brief statement and then those present at the meeting voted for up to four candidates.
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.”
The first advisory committee meeting is scheduled to take place on April 20. With questions regarding the North High Redesign Advisory Committee or the selection process, contact Eric Molho, MPS Director of School Improvement, at 612-668-0549 or [email protected].