Duluth School District hires assistant superintendent, other leaders

District headquarters is at Old Central High School. District headquarters is at Old Central High School.  |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: July 07, 2020 08:42 PM

The Duluth School Board has approved hiring three people for leadership positions in the district. 

They are the first big hires for new Superintendent John Magas. 

Anthony Bonds will be the new assistant superintendent. He was previously the executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Anniston City School District in Alabama. He has also worked for several districts in Wisconsin. 

The principal at Lowell Elementary was appointed interim director of curriculum and instruction. Jen Larva helped launch two language immersion programs at Lowell. 

And Joanna Walters will be the new Denfeld High School assistant principal. She was dean of students there and has also worked at Lincoln Park Middle School and Myers-Wilkins Elementary. 

Tom Tusken, the former Denfeld assistant principal, was promoted to principal.

"School leaders, whether at the school or district level, provide crucial support to children, staff and families," Superintendent Magas said in a press release. "Student success is directly impacted by their leadership." 

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