Nov. 4, 2010
Duluth athletic directors selected
Tom Pearson will be in a familiar place next school
Pearson, Duluth Denfeld’s activities director
since 2008 and a former AD, teacher and student at Duluth Central,
will be back at his alma mater in the 2010-11 school year after
being selected Friday as one of the two ADs in the Duluth school
district’s two-high school facilities plan.
Denfeld students are expected to be housed at
Central for at least one year, starting next fall, as Denfeld receives
a facelift. Central will then close under the district’s long-range
“I’ll be back at my old stomping grounds
for a year or two or however long it will take,” Pearson said.
“It’ll certainly be different, but I’ll be back
in familiar territory.”
Current East AD Shawn Roed also was retained in
that role, leaving Central AD Sue Lehna out of the running. Candidates
were interviewed Wednesday by administration officials.
“All the ADs have been anxiously awaiting
this, with the uncertainty of it, and now we get to move forward,”
Pearson said. “We’re going to be running against the
clock; we have a lot of work to do in the next four, five months
of school to get ready for the transition. This is just the first
Going from three to two high schools is sure to
present its challenges and cause hard feelings.
“It doesn’t matter where the kids
are from, we have to find a way to make them feel welcome,”
Roed said. “That’s one of the big tasks we have in front
of us, and I think we’re going to come through in a real positive