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Harbor City International School hires new executive director

A longtime educator from Minneapolis will be the next executive director of Duluth’s Harbor City International School.

Paul McGlynn was the unanimous choice of the school’s board of directors to replace John Haire, who left the school last year after five years at the helm. The school announced McGlynn’s hiring Friday.

“Paul’s leadership style, teaching experience and passion for developing excellent educational outcomes for all students will complement our community,” said Anne Wise, a teacher at Harbor City and interim co-director at the school, in a news release.

McGlynn previously served as the executive director of Sobriety High, a now-shuttered charter school in the Twin Cities. He also worked there as a teacher and served on the board. Earlier this month he was offered the executive director’s job at STRIDE Academy, a St. Cloud charter school, but turned down that position to take the one at Harbor City.

McGlynn is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and Hamline University, and earned an administrative license from the University of Minnesota. He has taught in Japan, Spain and England, according to the Harbor City news release, which fit well with the school’s mission of promoting international travel.

McGlynn will begin in his new position on July 1.

Harbor City opened in 2002 and now enrolls about 200 students in grades 9-12, with planning for a middle school expansion underway. Under Haire’s tenure the test scores of Harbor City students increased dramatically and the school in 2012 and 2013 was named a “reward school” for achievement under the state’s ranking system.

The St. Cloud Times contributed to this report.