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The Bemidji School District's Board of Education will vote on a long-term solution to a classroom space crunch at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, at the Bemidji High School Media Center.

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The board will vote on one or more of the following options:

E Portable classrooms

--Would be located at Northern and Solway schools.

--Each portable would provide space for two classrooms.

--Temporary solution.

--Financing would come from district capital reserve funds or lease purchase.

E Permanent additions

--Additions would be made to Northern, Solway and Lincoln elementary schools.

--Cost of a four- to six-classroom addition at Northern would be $1.2 million to $1.5 million. A new cafeteria addition could cost $500,000 to $600,000.

--Costs for expanding Lincoln could be $1.2 million to $1.5 million for a four- to six-classroom addition.

E Re-open Deer Lake School

--Can house 170 students.

--According to district officials, there are currently not enough students in the immediate vicinity to open its doors.

--Remodeling costs could be $374,000 to $509,000.

E Reconfigure grade levels

--Elementary schools would house grades K-4; the middle school, grades 5-7; and the high school, grades 8-12.

--Moving the eighth grade to BHS would add 364 students to the facility. A total of 1,730 students would be at BHS.

--The Lumberjack High School would be moved to the Downtown Education Center.

E Construct new school

--Voter approval would be requested to bond and build a new elementary school.

--The public would vote between Jan. 3, 2012, and Feb. 22, 2012.

--Financing would occur through a separate bond issue or combining the new debt with existing debt and refinancing the total package.

--A total cost of $10 million to $12 million could place a property tax increase of $59 on a house valued at $175,000.

E Two early-learning centers

--Paul Bunyan Center would be converted to an early-learning center.

--One new early-learning center (up to 250 students at each center) would be constructed.

--Would open up 18 classrooms in elementary schools.

--Administrative offices would need to relocate.

--Cost to remodel the Paul Bunyan Center would be $180,000 to $260,000. New construction could total $6.7 million.

--Financing could be done with capital facilities bonds, school building bonds, lease purchase or capital projects funding. New construction would need to come from school building bonds and would be voter approved.

E Move Northern students, add portables to Solway

--Northern Elementary students would relocate to the Paul Bunyan Center.

--District would cancel the lease with Head Start for the three classrooms and office space at the Paul Bunyan Center.

--District would lease or purchase two portable classrooms at Solway School.

--Current Northern kindergarten teachers would relocate to the Paul Bunyan Center.

--Cost is less than $30,000 to remodel Paul Bunyan Center.

--Cost of two portable classrooms to lease or purchase at Solway would be $161,820 or less.

--District would lose $34,195 from the Head Start lease and $4,457,457.25 in janitorial costs.

The Bemidji School District's Board of Education will vote on a long-term solution to a classroom space crunch at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, at the Bemidji High School Media Center.

The board will vote on one or more of the following options:

- Portable classrooms

--Would be located at Northern and Solway schools.

--Each portable would provide space for two classrooms.

--Temporary solution.

--Financing would come from district capital reserve funds or lease purchase.

- Permanent additions

--Additions would be made to Northern, Solway and Lincoln elementary schools.

--Cost of a four- to six-classroom addition at Northern would be $1.2 million to $1.5 million. A new cafeteria addition could cost $500,000 to $600,000.

--Costs for expanding Lincoln could be $1.2 million to $1.5 million for a four- to six-classroom addition.

- Re-open Deer Lake School

--Can house 170 students.

--According to district officials, there are currently not enough students in the immediate vicinity to open its doors.

--Remodeling costs could be $374,000 to $509,000.

- Reconfigure grade levels

--Elementary schools would house grades K-4; the middle school, grades 5-7; and the high school, grades 8-12.

--Moving the eighth grade to BHS would add 364 students to the facility. A total of 1,730 students would be at BHS.

--The Lumberjack High School would be moved to the Downtown Education Center.

- Construct new school

--Voter approval would be requested to bond and build a new elementary school.

--The public would vote between Jan. 3, 2012, and Feb. 22, 2012.

--Financing would occur through a separate bond issue or combining the new debt with existing debt and refinancing the total package.

--A total cost of $10 million to $12 million could place a property tax increase of $59 on a house valued at $175,000.

- Two early-learning centers

--Paul Bunyan Center would be converted to an early-learning center.

--One new early-learning center (up to 250 students at each center) would be constructed.

--Would open up 18 classrooms in elementary schools.

--Administrative offices would need to relocate.

--Cost to remodel the Paul Bunyan Center would be $180,000 to $260,000. New construction could total $6.7 million.

--Financing could be done with capital facilities bonds, school building bonds, lease purchase or capital projects funding. New construction would need to come from school building bonds and would be voter approved.

- Move Northern students, add portables to Solway

--Northern Elementary students would relocate to the Paul Bunyan Center.

--District would cancel the lease with Head Start for the three classrooms and office space at the Paul Bunyan Center.

--District would lease or purchase two portable classrooms at Solway School.

--Current Northern kindergarten teachers would relocate to the Paul Bunyan Center.

--Cost is less than $30,000 to remodel Paul Bunyan Center.

--Cost of two portable classrooms to lease or purchase at Solway would be $161,820 or less.

--District would lose $34,195 from the Head Start lease and $4,457,457.25 in janitorial costs.

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