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Votes on BMS staff adjustments expected Monday afternoon
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The Bemidji School Board will consider Monday afternoon revising the staff cuts it made for the 2009-10 school year at Bemidji Middle School.

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At a special meeting Monday morning, the board reviewed three more options for staff cuts at BMS.

Earlier this spring, the board considered three initial options for making staff cuts at BMS. On April 20, the board voted to move forward with the third option.

The third option entailed shifting from three pods to 2.5 pods both in the seventh and eighth grades, eliminating two full-time-equivalent eighth-grade teaching positions and two FTE seventh-grade teaching positions.

On May 5, the board officially approved licensed staff cuts throughout the Bemidji School District, including both the first and third options for staff cuts at BMS. By doing so, additional cuts at BMS are a 1.34 FTE reduction in music - including 1 FTE in band, 0.17 FTE in orchestra and 0.17 FTE in choir - and a 0.50 FTE reduction in the media specialist position.

In making these cuts, the board exceeded its target for licensed staff cuts at BMS by 1.92 FTE. The target was to reduce staff by 3.92 FTE.

Based on its discussion Monday morning, the board plans to consider two resolu-tions at its regular monthly meeting, which begins at 4 p.m. Monday in the Bemidji High School Media Center.

First, the board plans to con-sider a resolution that would add back two FTE teachers in the seventh grade, keeping the number of pods in that grade to three; reduce the media specialist position by an additional 0.50 FTE; and add back 1 FTE in band.

This would bring total licensed staff cuts at BMS to 3.34 FTE.

Then, the board plans to consider a resolution that would make an additional cut - reducing industrial technology at BMS by 0.34 FTE. A full-time industrial technology teacher at BMS plans to retire after the current school year. BMS currently employs two full-time industrial technology teachers.

If this is approved, total licensed staff cuts at BMS would be 3.68 FTE.

On Monday afternoon, the board also plans to direct administration to reduce general fund expenses at BMS to meet the target that was established for BMS staff cuts.

Without the reduction in industrial technology, the district would have to reduce general fund expenses at BMS by $60,000 to $72,000. With the reduction in industrial technology, the district would have to reduce general fund expenses at BMS by $40,000 to $52,000.

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