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Bemidji School District: Increase on free and reduced lunch to be discussed

The Bemidji School District's free and reduced lunch program has increased about 2 percent, from 48.5 percent to 50.6 percent.

Kathy Palm, director of curriculum and administrative services, will report on free and reduced lunch enrollment numbers for the district at the school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at the Media Center at Bemidji High School.

Central, J.W. Smith, Solway and Lincoln Elementary schools, all Title I schools, have more than 50 percent of their students qualifying for free and reduced lunches.

Overall the district's enrollment increased by 137 students from 2008-2009 to 2009-2010. Most of the increase in enrollment is at the elementary schools.

A special school board meeting will be held after the regular meeting in the Media Center to discuss negotiation strategies and student expulsions.

Listening session

The monthly listening session will be held before the regular meeting from 5:45-6:15 p.m. Jan. 25, in the BHS Commons. Bemidji School Board members Bill Faver and Ann Long Voelkner will be present.