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North Shore school looking for new leader

North Shore Community School is beginning a search for a new executive director after the resignation of Barry Wolff this week.

Wolff had been at the center of a months-long overhaul of the school’s policies regarding nepotism and conflict of interest after he was involved in a relationship with a teacher at the K-6 charter school located between Duluth and Two Harbors.

Board Chair Melissa Dallum told the News Tribune on Friday that a nationwide search would begin next week. Kristi Lounsberry, a third grade teacher, is serving as the interim director.

“With a short time before school starting and teachers coming back we’re hoping to find good candidate in time — or by the early part of fall,” Dallum said.

An attempt to reach Wolff was unsuccessful. He’d been described in previous News Tribune stories as an effective leader of a school which is performing well. However, others had been critical of a lack of transparency at the administrative level.

In response to the issue, the school adopted more specific policies regarding workplace relationships in recent months.