The Duluth school district superintendent candidate interviews with the School Board will be live-streamed Wednesday.

The candidates will participate in eight focus-group sessions starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The questions for each group will be submitted ahead of time and will be held over Google Meet. The Duluth School Board will begin its interviews with the candidates at 12:30 p.m.

The interviews are scheduled as follows:

  • Michael Funk, superintendent, Albert Lea, Minnesota school district, at 12:30 p.m.

  • John Magas, associate superintendent of continuous improvement, Green Bay (Wisconsin) Area Public Schools, at 2:30 p.m.

  • Ron Wagner, associate superintendent, Minneapolis Public Schools, at 4:10 p.m.

The community forum will also be live-streamed from 6-7 p.m. with each candidate getting 20 minutes to answer pre-submitted community questions, which will be selected at random, and not all will be used. The order of the community forum will be Funk, Magas and Wagner.

The School Board will reconvene at 7:30 p.m. to begin deliberations, which will be live-streamed. From 6-7:30 p.m. the board will break for dinner and read feedback forms that are submitted by members of the focus groups and the community.

The form for community members to submit questions can be found at

Both School Board interviews and deliberations, as well as the community forum, will be live-streamed on YouTube and broadcast live on Charter cable channel 187.

The public and media are also invited to watch the board interviews via closed-circuit TV in the gymnasium at Historic Old Central High School, 215 N. First Ave. E. in Duluth. The public is asked to use the Third Street door. Those requiring handicap accessibility will be accommodated. Attendance is limited to the first 50 people.

The School Board is expected to offer the position to a candidate Wednesday night. Contract negotiations will follow.