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Bemidji School Board action

Among notable action taken at the Bemidji School Board meeting Monday:


The board considered the resignations of Hallie Baldwin, elementary teacher at J.W. Smith Elementary School; Susan Sorenson, middle school teacher; and Jenny Anderson, early childhood special education teacher.

ACTION: The board voted 5-0 to approve.

Certified staff appointment

The board considered the certified staff appointment of Jeffrey Olson as an industrial technology teacher at Bemidji High School.

ACTION: The board voted 5-0 to approve.

Food vendor

The board considered accepting a proposal by Appert's Foodservice in St. Cloud, Minn., for prime vendor for food products for the school district's meal programs for the 2008-09 school year with extensions up to four years.

ACTION: The board voted 5-0 to approve.


The board reviewed a list of members who will serve on the new Long Range Planning Facility Committee.

ACTION: No action was taken.

Grant application

The board considered a request to submit an application for a $4,000 grant from Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., to bring children's author and illustrator David LaRochelle to Solway Elementary School. He would visit the school to teach writing to students in grades 1-5.

ACTION: The board voted 5-0 to approve.

Grant applications

The board considered a request to submit applications for an $18,000 grant from Northwest Minnesota Foundation, a $5,400 grant from First National Bank of Bemidji Foundation and a $20,000 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to establish a Transition and Retention Program. The program would aim to reduce truancy rates for students most at risk of dropping out of school and employ a student assistant monitor. The monitor would work 30 hours a week managing a caseload of 15 Bemidji High School students and 15 Lumberjack High School students.

ACTION: For each request, the board voted 5-0 to approve.

Request to accept grant

The board considered a request to accept a $12,700 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Health to increase awareness and interest in health careers.

ACTION: The board voted 5-0 to approve.

School calendar

The board considered adopting a calendar for the 2008-09 school year.

ACTION: The board voted 3-2 to approve. Voting in favor were Ann Long Voelkner, board chairwoman, and board members Carol L. Johnson and Bill Faver. Voting in opposition were board members Steven Johnson and Gene Dillon.

Recognition guidelines

The board considered adopting guidelines for recognition of state-level student and team participants. The guidelines state that the board will recognize these students with a board motion and the superintendent will send congratulatory communication from the board commending the individual or teams for their accomplishment.

ACTION: The board voted 5-0 to approve.

Present: Chairwoman Ann Long Voelkner, Gene Dillon, Bill Faver, Carol L. Johnson and Steven Johnson. Absent: John Pugleasa.

For more information on board actions, call the superintendent's office at 333-3100, ext.101.