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The Communications Office provides leadership in communications and community engagement that support Duluth Public Schools’ strategic plan and its schools, staff and students.

The work of the Communications Office is guided by the belief that effective communication is a two-way process involving both internal and external audiences. We work to establish positive relationships with parents, business leaders and the community to build support for public education.

We believe that meaningful public engagement encourages community involvement in education that benefits children and increases student achievement.

Data Requests

How to Request Public Data:

A member of the public who wants to look at (inspect) public data or request copies of public data is required to submit a written data request.  A member of the public may use the Data Request Form or submit a written request including the following information:

  • State that the request is for public data under the Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13);
  • Specify whether the request is to inspect public data, obtain copies of public data, or both;
  • A clear description of the data to be inspected or copied;
  • Please include date spans if applicable.

Individuals requesting public data are not required to identify themselves, nor to explain the reason for the data request.  It may be necessary to provide the School District with personal information for practical reasons (such as, if copies are to be mailed to the individual’s address).  In the event that the School District does not understand the request, it will need a means to contact the individual making the request.

To return the completed request form:


Fax: 218.336.8773

U. S. Mail or In Person to 709 Portia Johnson Dr., Duluth, MN 55811.

Data requests are handled by business services executive assistant Brett Mensing.

Adelle Wellens


Adelle Wellens was hired as the communications officer in January 2022. She previously worked as a journalist and photographer for 11 years. She is a first-place winner of the 2022 Minnesota Better Newspaper Contest Freedom of Information Award.


Adelle Wellens

Communications Officer

218-336-8700 ext. 1088


Shalon Monroe

Family and Community Engagement Specialist

218-336-8700 ext. 2508


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