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Surfs up! Santa's comin' to town on a surf board - in New Zealand, that is. Fifth-grade classes at Lincoln Elementary School displayed their annual "Holidays Around the World," projects on Tuesday morning at the school. "We've been doing this for about 10 years now," said fifth-grade teacher Joan McKinnon. Student groups researched and displayed information on a country, focusing most of their research on how their country celebrates holidays. As a special treat, each group featured handmade crafts, clothing, and food and drink samples representative of their countries.
An expected increase in kindergarten enrollment in Bemidji Area Schools has the District looking to shift funding in some areas and tighten its spending belt in others to accommodate the change in enrollment. At a meeting on Monday evening, the school board approved a resolution to assess whether the termination of some staff contracts and the placement of other teachers on an unrequested leave of absence is needed.
A lack of enrollment in the Bemidji School District's elementary and secondary schools may cause the district to cut staff and discontinue programs. The Bemidji School Board will discuss this and other business at its regular scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, in the Bemidji High School Media Center. A memo written by Bemidji Schools Director of Human Resources Jordan Hickman in the Dec.
It was a rare sighting, indeed. A rose-breasted grosbeak, which should've been overwintering in Central America by now, was spotted at Lake Bemidji State Park on Saturday. A volunteer participating in the 31st annual Bemidji Christmas Bird Count spotted the grosbeak while counting birds on Saturday. The CBC is part of the National Audubon Society's 110th annual Christmas Bird Count. The annual survey is a one-day event that helps monitor bird populations all across the country. Volunteer participants work in teams to cover a designated area.
'Twas eight days before Christmas when all through the town, not all presents were wrapped, not all gifts tied down. This holiday season, the Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department wants to make gift-giving a little easier by hosting a two-day "Santa's Workshop" that concludes today from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Public Works Facility, located at 1351 Fifth Street N.W. in Bemidji. For $5, a person can make two crafts, such as scarves, picture frames, pillows or ornaments.
Schoolcraft Learning Community received the Recognition of Spouse Employers Award for providing support to someone serving in the military. The R.O.S.E. Award recognizes employers who have provided exceptional support for the men and women who serve in the Army National Guard and the Reserves. The winners were chosen from a pool of more than 300 nominations. Scott Anderson, SLC director, said the charter school was nominated based on its support of staff member Michele Olson, whose husband had been on several tours of duty with the Minnesota National Guard.
What does it take for a high school to be the best in the country? According to U.S. News & World Report, America's best high schools must serve all their students well and prove through state test scores that their students are being successfully educated. In the report, Bemidji High School was named in the top 500 public high schools in America and was among 11 other public high schools in Minnesota to receive a silver award, the top award for any Minnesota school. "This is tremendous recognition for our school," said Brian Stefanich, BHS principal.
Local charter school directors met with Rep.
An investigation is underway by the Bemidji School Employees Association Executive Board of suspected embezzlement by one of its own, according to the Beltrami County Attorney's Office. The Board is reviewing a matter in which a person, who had access to the BSEA unit dues checking account, may have used the money for personal expenses instead of for BSEA expenses. BSEA is a unit under its parent group, the Minnesota School Employees Association, which is a union of more than 6,000 classified school employees in over 55 school districts in Minnesota.
Negotiations have reached a stalemate between the Bemidji Area Schools District and the Bemidji Education Association. But a solution will need to be reached soon. Under statute, the contract between the District and its teachers needs to be signed by both parties by Jan. 15, 2010, or a hefty, one-time funding penalty will be imposed. According to District Director of Human Resources Jordan Hickman, this penalty would roughly cost the District $130,000 in the form of state aid reduction. On Tuesday, Dec.