Tuesday, November 9, 2010
North High is Saved! Now the Real Work Begins.
Post and video by the Hawthorne Hawkman
After much deliberation, and an outpouring of community input, Superintendent Johnson's proposal from last week was brought before the Minneapolis Public School Board as a whole. Due to other job commitments, I was unable to attend the rally before the meeting, and missed some early parts. But I stayed until the end of the meeting and recorded the vote that kept North open.
There are several hours of footage to upload and review. Until I have the chance to get a well-written post up about the broader issues, people can feel free to check out my Youtube channel for the videos I took during the meeting.
The VERY short summary of what happened is this: Johnson's proposal was presented, and amended to allow for the chance of a freshman class continuing to attend North High in 2011 (her previous proposal called for North to not accept incoming freshmen in 2011 while creating a new program, phase out the existing school, start a new North in 2012, and add a class each year until there would be a full school in 2016). In order for there to be a continuous student body at North High, we in the community will need to work with the school board to recruit an incoming freshman class of 125 students by March of 2011.
And if we can do that, I bet we'll wind up with a better football team too.
The vote is over and now it's time to get to work.