Duluth Superintendent Working Without Minnesota License

By KBJR News 1

December 20, 2011 Updated Dec 21, 2011 at 9:42 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Dr. I.V. Foster was placed on paid administrative leave Monday.

Minnesota Department of Education records show he has been been working in Minnesota without a license to be superintendent.

Executive Director Stan Mack of the Minnesota Board of School Administrators said Foster started the process for applying for a license on Monday.

Mack says Dr. Foster should have taken care of the license when he started with the district.

Both School Board Members Tom Kasper and Mary Cameron say that they have the utmost confidence in Dr. Foster and do not regret hiring him.

"I have a lot of confidence in him and the message he brings. I"m hopeful that the process will work itself out, and we'll be able to continue to do the great things we've been doing as a district and move our students and our community into the future," said Kasper.

Following a closed door session Monday night, the School Board passed a resolution to start an investigation into allegations against Dr. I.V. Foster and put the Duluth Superintendent on paid administrative leave.

Dr. I.V. Foster officially became the Duluth Superintendent back at the beginning of July. He declined an interview.

Dr. Foster had been a superintendent at Prairie Hills Elementary in Illinois before coming to Duluth.

Board member Mary Cameron says she believes Foster has done a good job as superintendent so far.

Bill Gronseth, assisistant superintendent, will be the interim superintendent during the investigation. Board member Kasper believes Gronseth will do a fine job.

Written for the web by Krista Burns & Jena Pike