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The Duluth school district's zero hour has been saved, for now. Superintendent Bill Gronseth said Tuesday the budget item that would lead to fewer zero hour options available to students would be removed from a list of cuts and other savings meant to help shore up a $3.3 million deficit. The gathering of reduction possibilities has included input not from only administration, but from staff and students, Gronseth said. "After all of this discussion, and the meeting last night, we just feel we are not quite ready to move away from the zero hour model," he said.
Denfeld High School junior Julia Ketola does something unique to ensure she learns everything she wants to in a school district with just six periods: she's auditing a choir class during the time allotted for an online Spanish course in the library, and does the Spanish work from home.
An annual report by Native American parents says the Duluth school district isn't doing enough to educate Native American students, but those parents say they are seeing some progress. The state-mandated parent advisory committee presented its findings to the School Board last week with a resolution of "non-concurrence," which the district has a history of receiving from the committee. It's an "archaic" term from state statute, but the designation isn't seen as punitive, said Dennis Olson, director of Indian Education for the Minnesota Department of Education.
The Duluth school district and its Head Start program are expected to serve 550 homeless youth by the end of the school year, a number that has increased by more than 20 percent since 2012. The number jumped after that year because the district began working more closely with St. Louis County to identify students placed in emergency foster care, according to Deb Wagner, the Families in Transition advocate for the district. She presented an update on the program to the Duluth School Board Tuesday.
Duluth school district health insurance costs will jump substantially next year, following years of decreases or smaller increases after a 2010 switch to a statewide managed-care plan. Costs will rise...
The Duluth School Board on Monday will reconsider its decision on whether to negotiate a sale of the former Central High School property for use as a new Duluth Edison...
A group of parents is asking the Duluth school district to replace rubber playground mulch before federal agencies studying its effects release their recommendations. The Duluth School Board held a...
Woodland Hills is on a path to turn its grade 6-12 academy into a charter school. Woodland Hills Academy serves on average between 100 and 120 students a day who come from the associated residential and day-treatment center in Woodland. The student body has long been taught by Duluth school district teachers. But the school building — the former Cobb Elementary School — "is at the end of its useful life," said Woodland Hills CEO Jeff Bradt.
The Duluth Diocese is considering restructuring existing Catholic schools in Duluth and possibly opening a Catholic high school in the city for the first time in more than 40 years. The board of Duluth Area Catholic Schools last week approved the hiring of a consultant that will help form a vision and plan for unifying its current schools — by creating a single citywide school with multiple campuses — with a goal of adding a high school option.
Minnesota lawmakers have introduced a bill that would offer financial incentive to developers interested in Central High School property projects that would result in tax revenue for the city. Reps. Erik Simonson and Jennifer Schultz, both DFL-Duluth, introduced the bill Friday in the Minnesota House. It says that materials and supplies used in a redevelopment project on the 77-acre central Duluth site would be exempt from state sales tax, as long as the development is subject to property taxes.