Bemidji School Board hears about Gene Dillon robotics, approves annual audit

The Bemidji School Board held its first televised public participation segment in over a year in their meeting earlier this week.

Two community members signed up to participate and offered varying opinions on the pledge of allegiance before the school board meeting discussion.

The School Board also approved the 2021-2022 annual audit, prepared by Miller McDonald.

CPA Jon Roscoe presented about the district’s financial statements, and reminded the board members that the special funding in the past three years due to COVID makes it difficult to compare to other years.

The board also heard a presentation from Gene Dillon Elementary about a new “Squirrel Buster” program where the 4th and 5th graders are learning how to code Lego robots. The Squirrel Busters are heading to compete in Worcester, Mass., at the end of this school year.

After the students’ presentation, Superintendent Jeremy Olson expressed his gratitude to the students for sharing their success with the board.

The school board will meet again Monday to meet the new director of business services, hold a closed session to discuss potential real estate sale, and also a work session for cost mitigation strategy and general school board structure and meeting procedures.

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