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Duluth’s elected school board members discuss serving during a pandemic

Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 6:40 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - As the pandemic continues to complicate classrooms, elected Duluth School Board members said they are ready to take on challenges.

Schools nationwide had to battle unexpected educational environments as they continue to navigate through COVID-19 protocols.

“We are in the middle of the pandemic and it’s a difficult situation that makes it all the more important that we have school board members that are going to be working collaboratively, strategically, and positively for our kids,” Newcomer at-large seat, Amber Sadowski said.

Topics incumbents Rosie Loeffler-Kemp and Jill Lofald, who were each re-elected Tuesday, are prepared to address.

“Even with the challenges we have faced with the pandemic, I have been serving because I believe in our kids and in our staff, we have incredible staff throughout the district and I believe in education for all children,” Loeffler-Kemp said.

Loeffler-Kemp has served the Duluth School Board for eight years. She has been a part of the parent-teacher association for 27 years.

Loeffler-Kemp said the experience helped her understand others and meet tough decisions face-on.

Lofald said through her own experience serving four years on the board, the toughest time is the best time to be engaged in education.

Now, prepared for the possible rough road ahead, Loeffler-Kemp and Lofald have their goals set and efforts planned.

“Working together in a positive constructive way, being civil with each other that does send a message to the community that we not only can we get through this pandemic but we can get through it together,” Loeffler-Kemp said.

Lofald added a part of working together includes facing the current challenges schools are seeing now.

“So the challenges now are things like severe staff shortages, the ability to bring back our students and serve their academic needs and also just the ability to bring back students that are currently struggling to come back to school and how do we meet those challenges,” Lofald said.

The new school board members are expected to be sworn in early next year.

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