Why Duluth School Board Chose Dr. I.V. Foster for Superintendent

By KBJR News 1

Why Duluth School Board Chose Dr. I.V. Foster for Superintendent

May 2, 2011 Updated May 2, 2011 at 9:38 PM CDT

DULUTH,MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Duluth School board members are speaking out on why they believe Dr. I.V. Foster is the right choice to replace retiring superintendent Keith Dixon.

Foster holds a doctorate in Education Administration and Leadership, but started his career teaching music.

He has since served in several administrative positions at all levels in K-12 grade schools, most recently as superintendent of Prairie Hills School District just south of Chicago.

School board members noted his people skills with parents, community members and civic leaders.

The board also said it hopes his outside perspective and experience will help the district find ways to get funding, transition to new schools, close the achievement gap and pass a levy.

"The best way of dealing with that is to be open and honest, share as much information with the community and the stakeholders, so that people know what's coming before it actually comes," said Foster.

School board members chose Foster Saturday morning after spending six months narrowing the candidates, working with a professional hiring search firm.

Foster is scheduled to sign a contract in May and takeover the job July 1.

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