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posted May 7, 2014, 7:50 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated May 7, 2014, 12:30 PM ]

Duluth School Board Approves 2013-15 and 2015-17 Teacher Contracts

   During a meeting held May 6 in Historic Old Central High School, the Duluth School Board approved two teacher contracts which add time to the school year and provide an opportunity for further discussion regarding strategies to support student achievement.

   “Having the contracts in place provides for long-term planning and stability,” said Superintendent Bill Gronseth. “The additional instructional time will benefit our students."

    The contracts:

--Provide an additional nine minutes of student time at the high schools and three

additional student contact days at all grades

--Provide compensation for curriculum work that will take place over the summer of 2014

--Help manage health insurance costs by raising the threshold for coverage and maintaining HRA contributions at current levels

--Provide an additional $500 for elementary teachers instructing more than one grade in a class

--Provide a salary schedule of 0% and 2%/plus 1% for additional student time in 2013-15, with 2% and 2% provided in the 2015-17 contract.


ISD 709 Child Nutrition Programs Pass Rigorous Federal/State Audit

   Food service programs at Duluth East, Lakewood and Ordean East passed a rigorous Federal/State audit by the Minnesota Food and Nutrition Department this winter. School district food service programs are regularly audited and must pass to remain part of the USDA food service program.

   The audit reviewed many areas including student applications; daily business procedures in the kitchens, managers’ office and Child Nutrition Main office; HACCP compliance, Health Department Reports; breakfast and lunch menu analysis (both nutritional and financial), as well as the ISD 709 Wellness policy, sanitation, daily meal counts, the monthly financial claim and special diets. The auditor was complimentary of the systems in place to serve appetizing meals to students within USDA/State regulations.


Student-Run Restaurant Food For Thought May Features

   Enjoy delicious gourmet salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts at Duluth's student-run restaurant Food for Thought, located at East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East.

Entrees range from $7 to $14 and are prepared and served by Denfeld and Duluth East culinary arts students under the supervision of Chef Glenn D'Amour, CEC and Michael Emerson, front of house.

--Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12Noon to 1:00PM.

--Reservations are required: reserve and preorder 24 hours in advance by calling 218-336-8975 ext. 4055 or 218-336-8845 ext. 4055.

--For a full menu go to, choose the Duluth East website and click the link at the top of the page.

--Upcoming Features:

May 6, 7, 8: French Herb Crusted Rack of Pork for $11.00

May 13, 14, 15: Beef Wellington for $14.00

May 28, 29: Classic Prime Rib Roast for $13.00

Weekly features are served with choice of soup or salad, homemade focaccia bread and choice of beverage.



--Camille Murphy, MA, RN, was selected as a nominee for the 2014 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award. This annual award recognizes local immunization champions for their outstanding work in the area of childhood immunization. Camille has been a school nurse with ISD 709 for 14 years. She provides immunization information to families and has dedicated significant time working with other school nurses to update the immunization policy for the school district.

--The ISD 709 Area Learning Center has been recognized by the MN Association of Alternative Programs as its featured school for May 2014.  Joe Schingen and the entire Duluth ALC staff was nominated for Teacher and Staff of the Year and recognized at the State conference.  

--The Northland Foundation's KIDS PLUS Youth in Philanthropy Board has approved a grant for $995 to Woodland Hills Academy - ISD #709 for the Real-World Science project.

--Students from Ordean East Middle School took part in the 2014 History Day Competition at the University of Minnesota Campus.  Thirteen History Day scholars presented exemplary revised projects - Cami Fischer, Karin Berdahl, Shelby Johnson, Elisabeth Walker, Alison Lee, Peyton Vogt, Emily Carver, Olivia Rawylk, Maggie Geidner, Grace Hollander, Abbigail Hagen, Anika Lakhan, and Emma Anderson.  Three entries received Honorable Mention Medals as part of the final round of competition for their category:

Cami Fischer, Junior Individual Exhibit:  "They Moo When Something is Wrong"

Shelby Johnson and Elisabeth Walker, Junior Group Exhibit: "The Holocaust"

Peyton Vogt, Junior Individual Website:  "John Peter Zenger: Rights to Freedom of the Press"