Superintendent Announces Decision to Step Down After Contract Expires

Superintendent Announces Decision to Step Down After Contract Expires

Duluth Superintendent Announces Decision To Step Down After Contract Expires

(Duluth, MN – March 27, 2019)  Superintendent Bill Gronseth told Duluth School Board members he will not seek another contract after his current contract expires in June 2020, about 15 months from now. Gronseth has served as Duluth’s Superintendent since early 2012.

   Gronseth said he’s announcing his decision now in order to give the Board ample time to engage in a thorough search process to identify a new superintendent.

   “My family has been a part of Duluth since the 1880’s and it has been my honor to serve the Duluth Public Schools for the past 22 years as a teacher and administrator,” Gronseth said in a letter to the Board.  “We have accomplished a great deal and I am proud of the work we have done together to move the district forward. There comes a time, however, for new leadership to take up the reins to move the district in new directions and I feel that time is now.”

    "Bill has dedicated himself to our students and our community," said Duluth School Board Chairperson Rosie Loeffler-Kemp.  "We appreciate all his hard work in making our schools a great place for children to learn and grow. We also appreciate him giving us time to find a new superintendent and look forward to continuing to work with him over the next year and through the end of his contract."

    During his tenure as superintendent the Duluth school district completed the long range facilities plan, initiated Think Kids Meetings, passed two two-tiered education levy referendums, implemented achievement strategies such as Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and Professional Learning Communities, experienced growth in academic scores, developed an online high school and fabrication labs.  

    The district developed new courses and strengthened Career & Technical Education programs and adopted new evaluation systems for teachers and principals. Ojibwe and Spanish Language Immersion programs were created and continue to expand. The Duluth School Board adopted an equity framework and is working to implement the use of a tool for equity accountability.  

    “Everyone in the district has played a role in accomplishing these things over the past seven years and I am proud to have been part of an amazing team,” said Gronseth.