Important tasks ahead for Duluth’s schoolsBILL GRONSETH: The Duluth School Board recently asked me to provide a brief presentation regarding major tasks ahead for our schools. I’d like to share some of what I presented in this column.
By: Bill Gronseth, for the Budgeteer
The Duluth School Board recently asked me to provide a brief presentation regarding major tasks ahead for our schools. I’d like to share some of what I presented in this column.
It’s clear the past twelve months have been a time of transition. Some of it has been exciting, some of it challenging, but all of it demonstrates how important our public school system is to Duluthians.
We have much to celebrate. We have an experienced, educated teaching staff and modern classrooms, with a wide variety of course offerings such as College in the Schools, Advanced Placement, career/technical education training, world languages, award-winning music programs and rigorous core curriculum.
Our students, teachers and staff have weathered a period of unprecedented change and did a tremendous job opening five new or newly updated schools this fall. Throughout that process, teachers and administrators continued to provide great education and excellent opportunities for students in our community.
There are several important tasks ahead and they will take time and effort to accomplish. Solutions and results won’t happen overnight. But they will happen, because they have to — we must move forward.
Toward the end of the presentation, I reiterated the need to focus on providing the best education possible for our students and to work with the resources we have to do so. This is, after all, our primary mission and bears repeating.
It’s been said that schools and districts can’t do it alone — I would say that the people within our schools and the people within our district can’t do it alone. These are not easy tasks and the issues surrounding them aren’t simple. People benefit from sharing their problems and challenges with others, sharing ideas and support.
In that regard, I will continue to bring together internal leadership through the labor-management process. I’ve also asked community leaders if they would be so kind as to provide me with their thoughts and advice. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I have every confidence that, working with people inside and outside our schools, we can accomplish these important tasks.
Bill Gronseth is superintendent of the Duluth school district.