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 note of one particular issue of Bemidji’s deficit, which is a lack of compensation for free and reduced lunches this year.

The loss of revenue from food service has led to $1.8 million in lost revenue for Bemidji School District.


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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