Duluth School District Superintendent to Retire

By KBJR News 1

Duluth School District Superintendent to Retire

November 16, 2010 Updated Nov 16, 2010 at 8:48 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Duluth Public Schools Superintendent Keith Dixon announced today that he will retire when his contract expires at the end of the 2010-11 school year. He made the announcement as part of his November Superintendent’s report to the School Board at its regular meeting November 16th.

Dr. Dixon has been with the Duluth school district since July of 2005. His contract expires June 30, 2011.

“Forty-two years ago I dedicated myself to public education,” said Dr. Dixon. “It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Educating children and providing leadership towards that purpose is important and incredibly satisfying work. The opportunities are boundless for an educator, whether teacher or administrator, to make a real difference. I’ve enjoyed my career and especially the past six years working for students and families in Duluth. It’s time to expand my horizons beyond the field of education and focus on personal goals and interests that I’ve placed on the back burner for many years. More importantly, I want to spend more time with my wife, children and grandchildren, and I take that into account as well.”

According to Bill Hanson, Director of Business Services, the district’s Human Resources Department will work with the School Board to identify a firm to help facilitate a superintendent search.

The process will include a community engagement process and is expected to be complete by spring of 2011.

During his tenure, Dr. Dixon facilitated sweeping changes within the culture of the Duluth school system, bringing together leadership from the School Board, administration, teachers, and principals to solve problems and implement change, a news release stated Tuesday night.

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