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Duluth School District Looking at Adjusting Boundaries

Ryan Juntti
Updated: November 19, 2019 09:02 AM

The Duluth School District is looking at adjusting boundaries to balance enrollment numbers within the district.

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The district is hoping a boundary study will help them figure out how to best serve students when it comes to the capacity of their schools.

Right now the district is looking at four different scenarios and gathering feedback from the community on those scenarios.

"I think that when you look at the numbers, you can take the emotion out of it and just say some of our schools are overcrowded," said Alix Craft of Duluth.

Craft says overcrowding is the reason her child now attends Lowell Elementary.

"Currently we are opting out of our Congdon District for overcrowding, and that was what drew us to Lowell in the first place," said Craft. 

So Craft says she is encouraged by the school district looking to address the issue of overcrowding with their boundary study.

"With the school funding levy that we just passed, it's important to everyone around Duluth to get our class sizes down, so if we take the broad view, it's not about what school our kids go to, it's about having equal access to not overcrowding our classrooms," said Craft.

Superintendent Bill Gronseth says a demographic study in 2014 indicated the district would eventually run into issues with capacity. Gronseth says some schools have now even extended beyond their capacity.

And while he says adjustments in boundaries will help address this, he adds that it could mean changes in the schools kids attend as well.

"Anytime we look at boundaries, we're talking about transportation issues, funding issues, a lot of different things that we need to consider in this process, and so if we made boundary changes, students could be moving from one school to another," said Gronseth.

Gronseth says the scenarios are going to be further developed, and that there will be public meetings in January where the community can weigh in on the options. 

The school board is expected to consider those changes in the spring, and if the board approves those changes, boundary adjustments could start in fall of 2020.

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