With the close of the school year now behind us, the teachers, staff, parents, and students at Many Rivers Montessori have been thinking a lot about our first year in our new building in the Woodland neighborhood. I wanted to share some of those thoughts.

The decision to expand a business is always a calculated risk. Many Rivers’ expansion was challenged by the paucity of appropriate buildings available within Duluth. Fortunately, an unsolicited sale offer from The Hills Youth & Family Services enabled our school to move to Woodland, invest $2.5 million in a 100-year-old building through contracts with local builders, and increase the school’s enrollment from 137 to 162 among students ages 16 months through eighth grade. The student demand was there and is continuing. We built it, and they came.

Many Rivers' expansion exemplifies the dynamism of the Duluth economy and culture. From the Lincoln Park Craft District to the NorShor Theater renovation to our local breweries and new restaurants, people believe in our city and are investing in it.

Many Rivers is delighted to play a significant role by expanding school choice and doing our part to make Duluth a more attractive location for families to raise children.

Mark Niedermier