School Board Meeting Discusses Special Education

By: News Intern Katherine Jones

BEMIDJI- Special Education Director Lexi Wilde gave a presentation to the Bemidji School Board on Tuesday morning, explaining what changes they have started to make and what strategies they plan to implement to further the department’s goals.

As part of workforce development, the district hired a special education coordinator, Tiffany Palmer, to help Wilde lead the department. According to the Bemidji Pioneer, Palmer was at the meeting Tuesday and helped Wilde give the presentation to the board members.

Also in part with workforce development, Wilde said they need to help their educators and para-educators achieve their own educational goals. Wilde said 47 percent of the district’s special education staff is not fully licensed. With the help of a grant, the district is able to reimburse the tuition of teachers and para-educators who go on to further their education.

During the meeting, Board Chairman Jeff Haack noted that Superintendent Tim Lutz would return soon enough that the board would not need to appoint an acting superintendent to fill his role.


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