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.