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Duluth School Board terminates 12 nontenured teachers

The Duluth School Board voted Tuesday to terminate 12 nontenured teachers. The terminations, due to declining enrollment, included special education and math teachers at the secondary level, said Tim Sworsky, director of human resources. The numb...

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With no increase to the current levy, the Duluth school district will be required to look for ways to bridge a budget shortfall. (File / News Tribune)

The Duluth School Board voted Tuesday to terminate 12 nontenured teachers.

The terminations, due to declining enrollment, included special education and math teachers at the secondary level, said Tim Sworsky, director of human resources. The number was half of what it was last year for terminations of the same classification of teachers.

The board voted 5-2, with members Gary Glass and Art Johnston opposing the measure.

"It causes me a lot of angst to have to look at this, and we'll be doing it again next month," Johnston said, on why he was opposing the terminations.

Sworsky said the board will be asked to approve the layoffs of an estimated

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26 tenured teachers next month. That number is tentative, he said, noting that five of the teachers on Tuesday's list had been terminated and rehired last year, and the same possibility existed next year for nontenured and tenured teachers.

The board also was meant to approve the contract of its chosen new superintendent, I.V. Foster Jr., Tuesday night. But at a board committee meeting last week there was disagreement on how to negotiate the contract and concern over work that had been done already without the input of the full board.

Contract work was delayed, Sworsky said, so the board could agree on the process. The board approved the idea to form a three-member subcommittee to negotiate with Foster, with input from all members fed to them. The contract likely will be before the board at a June meeting, Sworsky said.

Superintendent Keith Dixon will retire June 30, and Foster will begin July 1, pending contract approval and Foster's acceptance.

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