Duluth Public Schools

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It's not that the teachers at Lincoln Park's new middle school are locked away in their ivory towers.

It's just that the brand-new building is at the end of a mile-long uphill drive.  And it's not on the city bus route.

That means for some parents of Lincoln Park students, many of whom don't have cars, getting to school for parent-teacher conferences or other activities can be a challenge.

There is an annual event in Duluth dedicated specifically to funding the visual arts in Duluth Public Schools "Because Visual Literacy is CORE."  Art for Ed(ucation)'s Sake is this Friday, September 23 at 6:30 pm with art, music, and a big silent auction.  It all happens at Zeitgeist Arts, 222 East Superior St. in downtown Duluth.  Organizer and art teacher Chrissy Valento joins us on Radio Gallery this week to talk about the event and share the importance of art education in the lives of all people.

  We talk with Bill Gronseth, Superintendent of Duluth Public Schools, about the fourth annual series of meetings titled "Think Kids: Our School, Our Community, Our Future." Thirteen meetings will be held in the next several weeks at different city schools.  They intend to foster an open forum to review and discuss school procedures, strategies, and policies in ISD 709.  

Those who cannot attend a meeting are invited to participate online, by mail or phone.  

Duluth's Superintendent of Schools, Bill Gronseth, knows how to pack a house. 

"ISD 709 Annual Report to the Community" could be a suit reading stats, but instead it's jazz bands (students),  hand-made refreshments (students) and some accomplishments to be proud of.

Free and open to the public.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP online for you and your guests:
http://2015isd709annualmeeting.eventbrite.com

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Tom talks powdery mildew, a multitude of harvest festivals at Duluth Public Schools, and Duluth Community Garden Club's upcoming Garlic Sale - just in time to keep you safe at Halloween!

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Kids at Lincoln Park Middle School aren't getting suspended nearly as often as they used to.

In fact, the number of days students were suspended has dropped by more than half in just one year.

Rumors and misinformation, helped along by social media, aren't painting a true picture of the school, especially these days, says Principal Brenda Vatthauer, who's wrapping up her first year at Lincoln Park.