Superintendent Search 2019-20

The Duluth School Board values your ideas regarding public education in Duluth and what kind of leadership will best take us into the future. A timeline with public input opportunities is being developed and will be shared with the community as the Board works to identify the next Superintendent for ISD 709.

January 2020Community Invited to Help Develop Superintendent Leadership Profile

Community Online Survey:  
Available through 12 Midnight January 24, 2020 


Walk-in Community Focus Group:  
Monday January 27, 2020, 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Denfeld High School, 401 N. 44th Ave West
Hosted by BWP & Associates

   The Duluth School Board is seeking community input in developing a superintendent leadership profile.  It’s one step in identifying a new superintendent for Duluth Public Schools.
   The profile will describe district strengths, challenges and goals along with the characteristics, abilities and experiences a superintendent will need to be successful in Duluth.  The Board’s search firm, BWP & Associates, will collect information through online surveys, focus groups with community groups and organizations, and a walk-in focus group for the public.
    “Duluth’s schools belong to the community, we encourage everyone to take part,” said Superintendent Search Co-Chair Alanna Oswald. “We appreciate advice and support as the Board works to identify the candidate best suited to take our schools into the future and help every student be successful.” 

Current Search Timeline: (Subject to updates)
·       January 2020:  Development of leadership profile. Presentation of final profile to the School Board in public meeting.  
·       January 28, 2020:  Superintendent Search Update in public meeting, 4:30PM, HOCHS 2nd Floor Board Room, 215 N. 1st Ave East.
·       January – March 2020:  Advertising and recruiting
·       March 9 - 13, 2020:  School Board public meeting to review and select candidates for initial interviews
·       March 16 - 20, 2020:  School Board interviews 6-8  candidates in public meeting, narrows the field to two or three candidates
·       March 23 - 27, 2020:  All day interview process for semi-finalists.  Includes open forums available to staff, students, community members and a final School Board interview in a public meeting.  School Board makes final selection.
·       March 30 - April 3, 2020: Act on the new superintendent’s contract in public meeting.  Announcement of new ISD 709 Superintendent
·       July 1, 2020:  New superintendent takes office
Duluth School Board meeting schedules are available online and board meetings are streamed live and archived online:
December 2019: Board, BWP & Associates Meet to Prepare Timeline
The Board met with BWP & Associates during a public meeting Monday December 16 to discuss development of a timeline and opportunities for community input.  A final timeline will be prepared and shared by the first of the year. 
November 2019: Duluth School Board Selects BWP & Associates For Superintendent Search
Following review of requests for proposals and hearing presentations from two firms during a public meeting, the Duluth School Board selected BWP & Associates to support a community process to identify a new superintendent.  MORE

July 2019:  Board Attends Superintendent Search Workshop
The Duluth School Board met with the MN School Board Association to learn about best practices, how to involve the community, what other school districts in Minnesota are doing as they prepare to hire a new superintendent.  MORE

March 2019: Superintendent Announces Decision to Step Down After Contract Expires
Superintendent Bill Gronseth told Duluth School Board members he will not seek another contract after his current contract expires in June 2020.  Gronseth has served as Duluth’s Superintendent since early 2012.  Gronseth said he chose to announce the decision with over a year left on his contract to give the Board ample time to engage in a thorough search process to identify a new superintendent.  MORE