Duluth Schools Ask for Public Opinion During ‘Think Kids’ Meetings

Racism, Demographic Study Discussed During Meetings

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It’s your turn to sound off about what Duluth schools could be doing better as district.

“Talk about how we can learn from this and how we can better our community and better work together in the future,” said Duluth schools Superintendent, Bill Gronseth.

Over the next month the district will host a series of meetings called ‘Think Kids’ with the goal hearing how they can do things better.

Monday evening the first round of the ‘Think Kids’ meetings kicked off.

Racism and a school demographic study were the big topics.

Stowe Elementary and Congdon Park Elementary played host to teachers, parents, and administrators Monday evening.

Many feel it’s hard to do their job because of big class sizes and no solid plan for technology.

Community members agreed that while Duluth has great buildings and teachers, they’re not pleased with the number of staff or how administration communicates.

A big topic of conversation was a recent demographic study.

It proved the reason why Duluth’s enrollment numbers are shrinking is the lack of young people having children and the growing number of retirees sticking around.

In 2005, Duluth had almost 10,000 students enrolled, and currently there are 8,325.

The study showed enrollment numbers are not expected to rise for some time.

Another hot topic was the racist picture that circulated through Denfeld High School about a month ago.

Superintendent Gronseth explained that the behavior is considered unacceptable and was taken seriously.

He said all grade levels, community leaders, and Denfeld families openly discussed the incident.

“The recent events that really brought up this conversation again isn’t new to our school district or to our community,” explained Superintendent Gronseth. “It did provide us an opportunity to come together and hear people’s stories and hear people’s ideas about how people can move forward together.”

Each grade watched the film ‘Selma’ and had a conversation about black history and racism.

Students have also started an initiative called ‘Post the Positive’ on social media.

All the information and opinions collected at the think kids meetings will be put together into a best practices long-term plan that will eventually be voted on by the school board.

Meeting date, time, and place include…

Tuesday March 31:

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Homecroft Elementary School 4784 Howard Gnesen Road Duluth, MN

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 West Third Street Duluth, MN

Wednesday April 1:

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Lowell Elementary School, 2000 Rice Lake Road Duluth, MN

Thursday April 2:

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Lakewood Elementary School, 5207 North Tischer Road, Duluth, MN

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, 1027 N. 8th Avenue East, Duluth, MN

Wednesday April 15:

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Ordean East Middle School, 2900 East Fourth Street, Duluth, MN

6:30PM – 8:00PM  Lester Park Elementary School, 5300 Glenwood Street, Duluth, MN

Thursday April 16:

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Piedmont Elementary School, 2827 Chambersburg Avenue, Duluth, MN

Monday April 20:

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Laura MacArthur Elementary School, 720 North Central Avenue, Duluth, MN

Wednesday April 22:

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Denfeld High School, 401 North 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN

6:30PM – 8:00PM  Duluth East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East, Duluth, MN

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