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The Duluth School Board this week tabled a decision to increase the cost of the playground mulch replacement project. A change order for $12,475 was submitted by SAS Associates, the Duluth firm behind the design of the nine-playground project, which was approved by the board in June for a cost of about $1 million.
A new Duluth school district analysis of energy savings that compares 2017 costs to pre-Red Plan numbers shows projections made a decade ago were nowhere near reality.
The four Duluth School Board At Large candidates advancing to the Nov. 7 general election are Sally Trnka, Josh Gorham, incumbent Harry Welty, and Bogdana "Dana" Krivogorsky.
The five candidates running for two At Large Duluth School Board seats all seemed to agree at a Thursday night forum on some of the major issues facing the district, but they didn't agree on how to solve them. A Duluth League of Women Voters and Parent Teacher Student Association forum held at Lowell Elementary delved into achievement gaps and inequities between schools, enrollment decline, the district's budget woes and improving the district's image. And the question of what to do with the valuable former Central High School property continues to loom large.
Duluth school district students fared better than the state on the national ACT college entrance exam and increased their score from last year, according to results released today. Duluth's overall composite score is 21.7, while the state average is 21.5, out of a possible score of 36. Minnesota has one of the highest scores in the country for states where more than half of the graduates tested. Wisconsin's score is 20.5.
The College of St. Scholastica has been sued by a student for suspending him following an accusation of rape made by another student.
Five candidates are vying for two At Large Duluth School Board seats. The Sept. 12 primary will leave four for the general election in November. Those running are: Josh Gorham, 34, a public-health nurse and Lakeside resident. He is married with three children — two at Lester Park Elementary and one not yet school age. See gorhamforschoolboard.com. Bogdana (Dana) Krivogorsky, 40, who is married with two children and lives in upper Woodland. She is a scientist, most recently employed with the University of Minnesota Duluth. See facebook.com/danaforschools.
Heading back to class can be nerve-wracking for kids of any age. As much of the Northland returns to school this week, the News Tribune gathered tips from students and school leaders on how to ease the transition and settle into a new year. From taking "movement breaks" when you need them, going to class regularly and setting up routines for homework, students and school staff had a lot to say. For school newbies Lola Prado, Lowell Elementary, grade 1: • "Do not bite. Just do kindness." Sean Campbell-Rorvick, Lowell Elementary, grade 1:
The majority of University of Minnesota Duluth graduates continue to find work shortly after graduation, the results of an annual survey show, with a small increase in graduates finding work directly related to their fields. Of the students who graduated during the 2015-16 school year, 81 percent are employed, a decrease from last year. But of those graduates, 69 percent found jobs directly related to their field, up from 65 percent. Another 19 percent found jobs "somewhat related" to their majors. Only 2 percent of respondents are still seeking work.
The area around East High School that requires residents to have permits to park near their homes would be reduced dramatically under a proposal the Duluth City Council will consider Monday. Neighborhood residents were surveyed in recent months, and feedback has been "robust," said Mark Bauer, parking operations specialist for the city. Many residents in the northern part of the zone, in particular, don't think permits are necessary, he said, which is why the reduction was recommended following a review.