"State of the District Address" Given at Duluth Public Schools

By KBJR News 1

January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 11:45 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - From challenges to possible solutions, the Duluth Public Schools interim Superintendent delivered the "State of the District Address" Tuesday.

The address outlined the future of the city's school system.

The interim superintendent gave the address following Dr. I.V Foster's resignation a week and a half ago.

Bill Gronseth's speech started out looking at the good things happening in the district like modern classrooms and course offerings, but mostly, the speech was looking to the future.

Gronseth said the first priority is providing a great education, including teacher development, and reducing the achievement gap.

There's also the projected $5-million budget deficit.

He says the staff and board will have to work to keep cuts away from the classroom and work to sell unused properties at the best price.

He also says the district also needs to finish two middle schools scheduled to open this Fall and do it within budget.

"They're going to take time and they're going to take a lot of effort and solutions and results won't happen overnight. But they will happen, because they have to - we must move forward," said Gronseth.

Gronseth also touched on healing within the community and gaining trust, particularly amongst those who were angry over the Red Plan.

He said more transparency will be a step and the district plans to start providing links to financial reports, audit results and other budget issues.

The district may also start live broadcasting of the board meetings.

There was no talk about searching for a new superintendent.

Gronseth had been one of the finalists for the superintendent position and he said Tuesday that he would happy to serve in that position in the long-term.

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