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Duluth Public School District Releases Annual Report

November 10, 2017 07:35 AM

More than a couple hundred Duluth students, faculty, staff and other community members came together Thursday night to hear for themselves some of the issues and opportunities facing the school district.

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One of the many topics Superintendent Bill Gronseth talked about was the vision of the school district, including increased graduation numbers and improvements that can be made before children are old enough to walk the halls.

"Overall, we've seen improvements in achievement and increases in our graduation rates,” said Gronseth.

However, the superintendent says there are still areas of concern including the decreasing the achievement gap.

“When we dig into that, we see differences between groups of students and that's really the focus of our work in the future,” said Gronseth.

Newly-elected Duluth School Board member Josh Gorham is also looking to address that problem.

"My priority issues have been the achievement gap, working to continue and address the programs that we have in place, service those community schools, parent-teacher home visits, multi-tier systems as a support and many of those kind of things,” said Gorham.

While the report includes increased reading and math proficiency rates and above state average college entry exam scores, Gronseth gave praise to programs outside of the classroom.

“Not only academic help, but services like mental health, access to doctors, food, housing...all of these ways the whole community call wrap around families and support our students so that more of them can be successful,” said Gronseth.

Gorham says one way to aid Duluth students is by bringing more money into the district by potentially selling vacant school buildings.

“There are some issues with trying to sell our buildings. I'm excited to see where that's going and continuing to be a voice in support of selling those buildings hopefully,” said Gorham.

Gronseth says he's optimistic in the direction the school district is headed, and he says it starts with the youngest of children

"We are expanding our early childhood programs our 3- and 4-year-old students are more ready for kindergarten when they come to us,” said Gronseth.


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