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Duluth Public Schools
Duluth, Minnesota
Duluth Public Schools seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:William Gronseth
Enrollment:9,114 students
Graduation rate:69.6%[1]
Number of schools:13
Budget: $123.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mike Miernicki
Board members:7
Term length:4
Duluth Public Schools is a school district in Minnesota that served 9,114 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[2] This district is the 18th-largest by enrollment in the state of Minnesota.

About the district

Duluth Public Schools is located in St. Louis County, Minnesota
Duluth Public Schools is located in St. Louis County, Minnesota. The county seat of St. Louis County is Duluth. St. Louis County is home to 200,319 residents, according to the 2010 United States Census.[3]


St. Louis County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Minnesota in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.9% of St. Louis County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 32.2% for Minnesota as a whole. The median household income in St. Louis County was $46,231 compared to $59,126 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in St. Louis County was 16.1% compared to 11.2% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race St. Louis County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 93.0 86.5
Black or African American 1.5 5.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.3 1.3
Asian 1.0 4.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 2.2 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 1.3 4.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, St. Louis County[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 73,378 39,131
2008 77,351 38,742
2004 77,958 40,112
2000 64,237 35,420

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Duluth Public Schools is William Gronseth.[7] Gronseth briefly served as the interim superintendent beginning in December 2011 before he was formally appointed to the position in January 2012. Prior to serving as the superintendent, he worked for the district as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent.[8]

School board

Duluth Public Schools is overseen by a seven-member board, all of whom are elected to four-year terms. Four members are elected by geographic districts and three members are elected at-large by the district as a whole.[9][10]

Duluth School Board
Member District Term Ends
Mike Miernicki At-large 2015
Annie Harala At-large 2017
Harry Welty At-large 2017
Rosie Loeffler-Kemp District 1 2017
Judy Seliga Punyko District 2 2015
Bill Westholm District 3 2015
Art Johnston District 4 2017

School board elections

See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Duluth School Board are elected to four-year terms. Four seats were up for election in 2013 and three seats will be up for election in 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Duluth Public Schools:[11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $77,256,523 62.7% $9,769,895 7.9% $6,537,855 5.3% $21,087,548 17.1% $8,639,355 7% $123,291,176
Averages: $77,256,523 63% $9,769,895 8% $6,537,855 5% $21,087,548 17% $8,639,355 7% $123,291,176

Teacher salaries

Duluth Public Schools employed 504 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[12] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The current salary schedule is not available, but the following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Duluth Federation of Teachers for 2012-2013:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,069 46,385
B.A. + 15 34,410 47,027
B.A. + 30 34,861 47,665
B.A. + 45 35,494 48,303
MA 38,481 63,644
MA + 15 39,566 64,837
MA + 30 40,650 66,029
MA + 45 41,738 67,215
Ph.D. 42,823 68,317

Schools in Duluth Public Schools


Duluth Public Schools serves 9,114 students. Duluth Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Duluth Public Schools operates 13 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Duluth Public Schools
School Name
Congdon Park Elementary School
Denfeld High School
Duluth East High School
Homecroft Elementary School
Lakewood Elementary School
Laura MacArthur Elementary School
Lester Park Elementary School
Lincoln Park Middle School
Lowell Elementary School
Myers-Wilkins Elementary School
Ordean East Middle School
Piedmont Elementary School
Stowe Elementary School

Academic performance

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are standardized tests conducted to measure student progress toward the state's academic benchmarks. The reading and mathematics tests are used to determine whether schools and districts have made Adequate Yearly Progress toward all students becoming proficient in these subjects. The science tests are required by the No Child Left Behind Act but not included in the AYP calculations. Reading and mathematics tests are both given to students in grades 3 through 8, along with an additional reading test given to students in grade 10 and an additional mathematics test given to students in grade 11. Science tests are given to students in grades 5 and 8, along with an additional test given when students complete a life science or biology course in high school.[15]

Reading MCA Performance, Grade 10[16][17]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 73% 1057 75% 1057
2011-2012 76% 1057 77% 1057
2012-2013 57% 1052 62% 1053

Mathematics MCA Performance, Grade 11[16][17]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 44% 1144 49% 1147
2011-2012 36% 1143 43% 1146
2012-2013 43% 1146 52% 1149

Science MCA Performance, Grade HS[16][17]
District Minnesota
Year Proficiency Avg. Score Proficiency Avg. Score
2010-2011 47% 1048 N/A N/A
2011-2012 44% 1047 52% 1049
2012-2013 42% 1046 53% 1049

Contact information

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Duluth Public Schools
215 N. 1st Avenue East
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-336-8700

Website evaluation

Last rated on January 31, 2012.

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Current and past budgets are posted.[11]
  • School board meeting minutes, agendas and schedules are posted.[9]
  • School board members are listed with individual contact information.[9]
  • Contact information for administrative staff is provided.[7]
  • Audits are posted.
  • State-mandated test results are posted.
  • Information on how and who to submit a public records request to is posted online.
  • Information is available on teacher certification and on the employee background check process.
  • The district lists current contracts.[13]

The bad

  • There is no information on local school taxes.

See also

External links


  1. MinnCAN, "Duluth Public School District," accessed January 29, 2014 (dead link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed December 26, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "St. Louis County, Minnesota," accessed January 29, 2014
  4. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 24, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Duluth Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed January 29, 2014
  8. Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune, "Now in Duluth schools' top job, Gronseth says: 'People can see me for who I am'," January 29, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Duluth Public Schools, "Election Information," accessed January 29, 2014
  10. Duluth Public Schools, "Contact the Board," accessed January 29, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Duluth Public Schools, "Adopted Budget FY14," accessed December 9, 2013
  12. Minnesota Department of Education, "Data Reports and Analytics," accessed January 29, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Duluth Public Schools, "Contracts," accessed January 29, 2014
  14. Duluth Public Schools, "Schools," accessed January 29, 2014
  15. Minnesota Department of Education, "Testing Information," accessed December 26, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Pioneer Press, "Statewide: All public schools," accessed December 26, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Pioneer Press, "Duluth," accessed January 29, 2014