Duluth School Board Appoints Kelly Durick Eder to Vacant At Large Seat
(Duluth, MN – September 30, 2019) Following a four hour public meeting in which 17 individuals were interviewed, the Duluth School Board voted to appoint Kelly Durick Eder to its vacant At Large seat.
Dr. Eder is an Assistant Professor at the College of St. Scholastica.  In her application she said, “As a member of the School Board, it will be my role to balance the needs of all our kids and build consensus among the community while protecting those children who are in the greatest need.”
The interviews took place during a public meeting held September 30, 2019 from about 5:00PM to 9:00PM at Historic Old Central in Duluth, MN.  The Board received 21 applications for the open seat, three applicants withdrew before the September 30 interview and one applicant did not appear for their interview.  
Following the interviews, Board members expressed their appreciation to the applicants and said they hoped that people would pursue opportunities to be involved in Duluth’s schools in the future.
“I’m excited by the background and skill set Dr. Eder brings to our Board,” said Chairperson Rosie Loeffler-Kemp.  “She expressed knowledge and familiarity with our school district and issues that impact public education.  We look forward to working with her as she joins the Board.”  
Per Minnesota Statute, Dr. Eder’s appointment was made by resolution and will be effective 30 days following adoption of the resolution.
Dr. Eder will serve from November 1, 2019 to January 4, 2021.  While she is serving, a special election will be held in November 2020, which will elect an individual to serve from January 4, 2021 to January 3, 2022 (the remainder of former Member Josh Gorham’s term).  Dr. Eder could choose to run for the seat at that time if she wished.
A list of all who applied for the vacant seat and their applications are available online:


Duluth School Board Seeks Appointment for Vacant At Large Seat

At the close of the application period, the Board received 21 applications. A list of those applying and their completed applications are available below:

Note, candidates that choose to withdraw their applications will be noted on the list. 

“It’s inspiring to see so many individuals stepping forward, willing to serve Duluth's children and Duluth Public Schools,” said Board Chairperson Rosie Loeffler-Kemp. “We’re happy to see people willing to commit their time and talents to serving on the Board and supporting public education.”

Board meetings are streamed online and broadcast on cable channel 187.

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The Board of Independent School District 709, Duluth, MN, is seeking qualified applicants for a vacant At Large board seat.

  • Applicants must be 21 years of age or more on November 2, 2019.
  • They must be a resident within Duluth Public School boundaries for at least 30 days prior to November 2, 2019.

Applications and details are available:

  • Online at www.ISD709.org (see link below).
  • Superintendent’s Office, Historic Old Central HS, 215 N. 1st Avenue East, Duluth MN 55802 Room 213
  •  Any ISD 709 School Office

Deadline for applications:  4:00PM Monday, September 23, 2019

Questions:  Melinda Thibault, School Board Secretary, 218-336-8752



  • Download and print the application.

  • The application must be filled out completely and notarized.  Notary services are available if you bring the application to the Superintendent's Office or you can bring it to any qualified notary you choose.  All three candidate questions must be answered to consider your application complete.

  • Return the completed application by 4:00 PM, Monday, September 23, 2019.

    • Superintendent's Office, Historic Old Central High School, Room 213, 215 North First Avenue East

    • Email to:  Melinda Thibault

    • Please do not submit resumes

  • There will be an interview as part of the process which will be held the evening of September 30, 2019 beginning at 6:00 PM. 
    • You will be notified of the instructions for the interview.
  • The Term of the position is from November 1, 2019 to January 4, 2021.  
    • This is an appointed position, your name will not be on the November 2019 ballot.