Board Appoints Dr. Kelly Durick Eder to Vacant At Large Seat

Board Appoints Dr. Kelly Durick Eder to Vacant At Large Seat

Photo:  Left, Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, Chairperson; Right, Dr. Kelly Durick Eder


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: