MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minneapolis high school that was set to be phased out may actually get more students next year.
Minneapolis School Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson recommended phasing out North High last fall because of lower enrollment and failing test scores.
Johnson now says she wants 9th graders to enroll for next year because there is a new plan in place that will provide students with advisors, mentors and internship opportunities.
“Much has changed since my initial recommendation,” said Johnson, in a press release. “The work of dedicated community members as well as our new consultant, the Institute of Student Achievement, has convinced me that the incoming freshmen class will have a quality high school experience. I made this decision because I believe that the trajectory of North High is about to change drastically. We are definitely moving in a positive direction.”
Johnson said Principal Peter Christensen will oversee the school through the transition and will help students stay focused on academics and engaged in the process of redesigning the school.