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.

© 2020 HBI Radio Bemidji, LLC d/b/a Paul Bunyan Broadcasting 502 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601 This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area