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Classroom sizes in the elementary schools are bulging especially at Horace May and Norhern as District #31 try to plan how to handle the larger volume when they make it to the Middle School grades. Shown above studnets dropped off early sit in the cafeteria area at Northern waiting for the bell to ring. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Number crunching: Officials look to build additional school space without raising taxes

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BEMIDJI — A new building. No additional dollars.

That seems to be the direction from school board members as Bemidji Area Schools leaders have begun to lay the groundwork to possibly seek voter approval for new classroom space because of continued enrollment growth coupled with cramped elementary buildings.

The district plans to do so without seeking additional dollars.

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