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Bemidji School Board to discuss extracurriculars

BEMIDJI – The discussion on whether to allow charter-school students to participate in Bemidji Area Schools’ extracurricular activities is expected to continue Monday evening.

The Bemidji school board is slated to discuss an extracurricular study group during its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the media center at Bemidji High School.

Schoolcraft Learning Community parents appeared before the Bemidji school board last week, asking to resurrect the conversation on whether the traditional public school district would allow middle-school students to participate in extracurriculars, such as athletics.

The school district currently allows private and homeschooled students to participate in extracurriculars as long as they take a semester-long course during the time that the activity runs.

The district does not, however, open extracurricular activities to students at charter schools, which are public schools with their own districts.

At last week’s work session with Schoolcraft parents, the Bemidji school board agreed to name individuals to a committee that would discuss and examine the issue.

In other business, the school board on Monday is scheduled to consider adoption of the 2013-2014 school calendar, which for the first time, might include four early-release dates for students.