Bemidji School Board to hear operating referendum update tonight

The Bemidji School Board will hear an operating referendum update during their meeting this evening.

The school board’s referendum last year failed by a considerable margin.

The existing operating referendum for the district is $180 per pupil.

On Nov. 2, the district will ask voters to increase that to $460 per pupil.

The Bemidji School District is facing an operating shortfall and made a number of changes last spring, such as closing Central Elementary and reducing staff.

The meeting is at 6:30 this evening in the district’s board room, and will also be streamed live onto YouTube.


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 all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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