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Lutz highlights Bemidji Schools’ financial troubles to Senator Klobuchar

Bemidji Superintendent Tim Lutz was one of several northern and central Minnesota school superintendents that participated in a listening session with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Lutz says despite the one-time stimulus dollars that have come in and the partnerships to help students access broadband internet, challenges remain ahead for school districts like Bemidji. Klobuchar made…

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Park Rapids FFA chartered at 92nd convention

Minnesota’s virtual FFA convention included the chartering of nine new FFA chapters, including one in Park Rapids. Future Farmers of America is a national organization developing students’ potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education with more than 700,000 members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands….

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AUDIO: Rep. Matt Bliss discusses the education budget advanced in Minnesota House

The Minnesota House advanced the E-12 education budget on a vote of 73-60. According to a release, the House DFL’s E-12 education budget stabilizes school investments with a 2 percent per pupil increase each of the next two years, with additional increases the following two years. Under the proposal, voluntary Pre-Kindergarten programming that would otherwise…

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District continues to work toward slimming budget by reducing staff

The Bemidji Area School Board unanimously passed a measure that would reduce the budget for licensed staff by about $1.6 million. Human Resources director Jordan Hickman said these reductions were due to budgetary shortfalls, licensure issues, shifting enrollments and the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of the reductions are related to the closure of Central Elementary,…

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