Minneapolis High School-Based Station To Continue Even If School Is Shut Down
October 27, 2010 at 5:38 AM (PT)
Despite the MINNEAPOLIS SCHOOL BOARD's plans to close NORTH COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, the radio station based at the troubled school plans to continue broadcasting uninterrupted, reports ABC affiliate KSTP-TV.
Noncommercial Jazz KBEM (JAZZ 88)/MINNEAPOLIS is based at the school and uses students as well as adults to operate the station. Station manager MICHELE JANSEN told KSTP-TV that the station is "self-sustaining" and will continue, although the district will make the final determination on where the station will be located if the school closes down.
The school board is scheduled to vote on phasing out NORTH HIGH on NOVEMBER 9th. Superintendent BERNADELA JOHNSON has proposed phasing the school out within three years, citing falling attendance, low achievement, and costs, with the district spending $4,000 more per child to educate NORTH HIGH students than for students at other high schools. Enrollment has dropped 75% in six years.