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Names of Duluth superintendent candidates released

The candidates, chosen by hired consultant BWP & Associates, were approved by the Duluth School Board to bring in for interviews Tuesday.

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The Duluth School Board voted Tuesday, March 10, on the slate of candidates to bring in for the first round of interviews for the superintendent position. (Adelle Whitefoot / awhitefoot@duluthnews.com)

The names of the six Duluth school district superintendent candidates were released Wednesday afternoon.

The candidates, chosen by hired consultant BWP & Associates, were approved by the Duluth School Board to bring in for interviews Tuesday . The candidates are:

  • Michael Funk, superintendent at Albert Lea school district in Minnesota.

  • Ron Wagner, associate superintendent, Minneapolis Public Schools.

  • Fabby Williams, school support officer (area superintendent) at Guilford County Schools in North Carolina.

  • Jim Wagner, superintendent at Johnson County School District #1 in Buffalo, Wyoming.

  • Greg Pilewski, deputy superintendent, Queen Anne's County Public Schools in Centreville, Maryland.

  • John Magas, associate superintendent of continuous improvement, Green Bay Area Public Schools in Wisconsin.

First-round interviews are tentatively scheduled for March 19 at 4 p.m. and March 20 at 8 a.m. After the first round of interviews, the School Board is expected to choose two or three candidates to bring back for second-round interviews March 23-25.
“We have a strong slate of candidates and look forward to meeting them and hearing from them next week,” Board Chair Jill Lofald said in a news release.

Jim Wagner was recently a finalist for the Grand Rapids, Minnesota, superintendent position and was a semifinalist for the Hermantown superintendent position, but dropped out of consideration for that job before the first-round interviews.

Current Duluth superintendent Bill Gronseth's contract with the school district ends in June. He announced his resignation in March 2019. Gronseth is a finalist for a superintendent job at St. Peter Public Schools in southern Minnesota. He is scheduled to interview for the second time Thursday.

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This story was updated at 3:31 p.m. March 11 with additional information. It was originally posted at 2:48 p.m. March 11.

Related Topics: EDUCATIONDULUTH SCHOOL BOARD
Adelle Whitefoot is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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