Duluth School Board Tables Closed Campus Vote

By KBJR News 1

May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 9:29 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Duluth School Board has tabled a vote on Tuesday to close the campus to students.

School board members say several issues with students misbehaving when off campus during the lunch hour sparked the discussion.

Officials say the schools do not have the resources, such as staffing and space if more students stayed on campus.

Board members said they want more time to explore the idea of a modified campus where only seniors are allowed off campus or students who achieve a specific GPA.

"Some of the benefits are that students can be more independent, they are out in the community and they learn about some of the responsibilities that go along with adulthood. Some of the cons are that sometimes our students don't make the best choices when out in the community," said Superintendent of Public Schools, Bill Gronseth.

Gronseth says this is not the first time the discussion has come up.

The issue will be addressed again at the meeting in June.

The board also voted to move forward with the intent to add on to an operating levy referendum in November.

Gronseth says the community has had an operation levy of $365.60, which is scheduled to sunset very soon.

The agreement on Tuesday gave the board the opportunity to continue the discussion on what a levy would look like, what it would do for the community and how it would change education in Duluth.

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