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Bemidji School District to receive federal funding

News Bemidji,Minnesota 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
Bemidji School District to receive federal funding
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Bemidji School District will receive roughly $1.1 million from the federal government to fund staff positions for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years.

Nationally, the federal Education Jobs Fund will provide $10 billion for states. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan expects the funding to save at least 160,000 educators who would have otherwise been laid off.

This year, $300,000 will fund five fulltime-equivalent staff positions. Teachers will be added to one first-grade and one fifth-grade class at Northern Elementary School, one fifth-grade class at Horace May Elementary, one combination third-and-fourth-grade grade at Solway and one third grade at Lincoln Elementary.

One fulltime-equivalent allied arts teacher will also be hired, costing an additional $60,000. The district is considering a proposal to use the Education Jobs Fund dollars to hire an elementary science specialist to help strengthen science classes.

The school district will decide at a later time how the rest of the funding will be used.

Pioneer staff reports