The Duluth school district has filled two top administrative positions.
Jeff Horton has been tapped to replace assistant superintendent Amy Starzecki, and Gail Netland has replaced curriculum and instruction director Mike Cary.
Horton was previously the director of student services with the St. Cloud school district. His work there included many of the things considered priorities in Duluth: equity training and improvement of school climate through social and emotional learning work, among other programs aimed at building relationships with students.
He has also been a principal for the Pine Island school district, the assistant executive director for the Twin Cities German Immersion School and a teacher for South Washington County Park High School. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Bethel University, and has a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
The Duluth School Board will vote on Horton's contract next week.
Netland comes from the Red Lake school district, where she was curriculum coordinator. She has a background in Ojibwe immersion, professional development and K-3 literacy. She has also been an English teacher and a substitute kindergarten teacher. She has a master's degree from Hamline University.
Starzecki resigned to become superintendent of the Superior school district, and Cary will lead the Cloquet school district.