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What do you do after finishing a job where you helped shape federal policy and occasionally ran into the leader of the free world? For Karen Diver, fresh off a 14-month gig as President Barack Obama's special assistant for Native American affairs, it's something completely new: teaching.
Duluth schools superintendent Bill Gronseth was not chosen for a leadership position with the suburban Twin Cities White Bear Lake school district. The White Bear Lake School Board this week chose to offer a contract to Wayne Kazmierczak, who is White Bear Lake’s assistant superintendent for finance and operations.
In 2016, one in four Duluth school district seniors didn't earn a diploma after four years, according to annual data released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Education. Despite little movement in the three Duluth high school graduation rates, the district's cumulative rate of 74 percent was a 3 percent decrease from the previous year. That's because of increased enrollment in the district's alternative high school that serves at-risk students, and an increase in the number of students there that didn't graduate.
Duluth schools superintendent Bill Gronseth was not chosen for the northwest metro Elk River school district leadership position. The Elk River School Board Thursday night chose Daniel Bittman, superintendent of the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district.
When sixth-grade math teacher Erick Perala meets parents during conferences at Proctor's middle school, he often gets asked whether he is "Ron's son." "He loved to hear that," said Erick Perala, whose father's 30-year teaching career inspired him to join the profession and to work in the same school district. Ron Perala, 69, died Tuesday from complications related to pulmonary hypertension. The longtime Brule resident was beloved by students and fellow staff, shown in the outpouring of grief by scores of alumni on social media following his death this week.
Duluth school district superintendent Bill Gronseth is under consideration for another suburban Twin Cities leadership post. Gronseth is one of five candidates up for the superintendent slot with the White Bear Lake school district, a north metro district with about 8,300 students.
Julia Schaefer saw her English and U.S. studies teachers in class on Wednesday, and that night sat across from them at her dining room table. It's not as weird as it sounds. A relationship-building tactic, Lincoln Park Middle School has begun sending teachers out into the homes of their students. The teachers arrived at the Schaefers' West Duluth house with no homework to give or forms to fill out. But they did want to learn more about Julia.
It's unlikely many people can claim a Minnesota Vikings player is responsible for their hairstyle, but Denfeld High School's Kong Xiong can. Denfeld students delighted in a surprise treat during Friday's spirited auditorium pep assembly: watching 2011 Denfeld graduate C.J. Ham, who signed a rookie contract with the Vikings in 2016, shave Xiong's head.
Duluth school district superintendent Bill Gronseth is a finalist for the top job at a northern metro school district. The Elk River School Board narrowed its picks from six to three, it announced today. Gronseth will interview for the position next week. He has been superintendent of Duluth schools since 2012, following a long career with the district as a teacher and administrator. The other finalists are Michael Funk, superintendent of Albert Lea schools, and Daniel Bittman, superintendent of the Sauk Rapids-Rice school district.
Duluth school district superintendent Bill Gronseth is a candidate for the top position at a large metro-area school district. He is one of six chosen for a first round of interviews for the superintendent post at the Elk River school district, which also covers Otsego, Rogers and Zimmerman. The district has about 13,000 students, compared to Duluth's 8,600. Gronseth was expected to be interviewed this week, with finalist interviews set for next week.