Bemidji School Board hears staff recommendations on class size, school boundary adjustments

Featured image: ISD 31 current Central School boundaries

The Bemidji Area School Board heard recommendations from staff on classroom adjustments and elementary school boundaries.

The district has a class size goal of 30 students per section for elementary with different metrics for middle and high school.

Business Director Jordan Hickman said staff is uncertain on how much impact COVID-19 has had on kindergarten students, for instance, if families opted to keep their child out of school another year.

Elementary school boundaries will also need to shift due to Central Elementary School’s closure.

Twenty-six students from J.W. Smith that live north of Anne Street are proposed to attend Northern School, and 27 students from Central’s downtown boundary segment would then move to J.W Smith.

Six students on the western part of Central’s boundary are suggested to attend Solway, with the 32 students in the southern segment moving to Horace May.

Transportation predicts these shifts will not have a significant impact on bussing students and that these new routes may be more efficient.

No formal action was taken during this special session.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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