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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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Bemidji School Board hears staff recommendations on class size, school boundary adjustments

Featured image: ISD 31 current Central School boundaries The Bemidji Area School Board heard recommendations from staff on classroom adjustments and elementary school boundaries. The district has a class size goal of 30 students per section for elementary with different metrics for middle and high school. Business Director Jordan Hickman said staff is uncertain on…

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School board to decide Central Elementary’s fate in Monday meeting

The Bemidji Area School Board will consider closing Central Elementary during their meeting Monday. Superintendent Tim Lutz commented in the board packet that Central is not only one of the district’s oldest schools and will need future repairs and investments, but also has the lowest enrollment. Lutz is recommending the closure of Central and redistricting…

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Bemidji School Board moves ahead with proposal to close Central Elementary, reconfigure other buildings

The Bemidji School District will continue to look at the cost saving measures of reconfiguring three district buildings. The board passed a resolution unanimously that would direct staff to examine the school boundaries for neighborhood schools as the district plans to move students and most teachers out of Central Elementary, the district’s longest-running school. The…

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UPDATED: Bemidji School Board to consider closing Central Elementary, Paul Bunyan Center

The Bemidji Area School Board will once again look at more ways to cut the district’s budget, and once again there are petitions circulating to stop the cuts. A proposal included in the school board packet includes closing Central Elementary School, the district’s oldest school, and moving these students into other K-3 neighborhood schools. In…

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