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Kasper is chosen to lead Duluth School Board

Kasper is chosen to lead Duluth School Board

Duluth School Board names chairman

The Duluth School Board has chosen Tom Kasper as its new chairman. It held its organizational meeting Monday to elect new officers.By: Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune

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Kasper was nominated for Duluth School Board chairman by Judy Seliga-Punyko. (2012 file / News Tribune)

The Duluth School Board has chosen Tom Kasper as its new chairman.

It held its organizational meeting Monday to elect new officers. Kasper, who was elected unopposed, is entering his fourth year as a School Board member.

Kasper is the former buildings and grounds supervisor for the city of Duluth who resigned in October after he was disciplined with a month off work. There had been a complaint against Kasper filed with the city, but the details never were divulged because Kasper resigned before any final disciplinary action was taken.

The board also elected Bill Westholm as vice-chairman, Mike Miernicki as clerk and Judy Seliga-Punyko as treasurer.

Kasper, who, along with the Duluth Garden Flower Society, spearheaded the “Tomato Man Project” that brings thousands of tomato plants to area schools for kids to grow, was nominated by Seliga-Punyko.

“I look to continue to doing the good work of the district and its employees and educating its kids,” Kasper said.

Properties sold

The board also met in a closed session to discuss properties, including Rockridge Elementary School, that the district is trying to sell.

Back in open session, the board only voted on the sale of a home near Congdon Park Elementary — 3208 Greysolon Place — and vacant land on Arrowhead Road. It approved the sale of both properties unanimously.

The house, along with two others along the same road, had been purchased as part of the Congdon Park school renovation project currently taking place, but it ultimately was not needed. The renovation and construction at the school are part of the larger Red Plan.

The vacant land is seven acres that remained after the sale of a larger parcel the district owned. Much of it had been sold to Duluth Gospel Tabernacle.

Buyers of the properties and sale prices weren’t made available Monday, and wouldn’t be until purchase agreements were signed, said Kerry Leider, property and risk manager for the Duluth school district.

The house was on the market for $154,900 and the land for $85,000. According to the Duluth property assessment website, the district purchased the three-bedroom rambler in 2010 for $235,000.

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