A new principal and staff have a mission for North High School, which threatened to close its doors two years ago and is now competing with a new college-prep charter high school.

North’s new academy attracted only 65 freshmen for a school designed for at least 100 students per class. The district is paying a consultant $155,000 to help turn the school around and keep small class sizes.

Academically, North has no way to go but up. The STrib reports that only eight percent of students tested proficient in math and 27 percent did so for reading on 2012 state tests.

This month, 75 minutes will be added to the school day for arts skills. Coaches have agreed to delay sports practices until 4:15 p.m., which also lets older students work on making up missed credits.

If North fails to reach the target of 500 9th through 12th graders, the school could once again face closing.