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BEMIDJI -- When the Bemidji School Board earlier this year approved the hiring of new specialists aimed at closing achievement gaps in student performance, board members knew that action would have an effect. On Monday, the effects were evident as Chris Leinen, director of business services, presented preliminary budget information for the 2014-15 school year, indicating that the district is facing a deficit of nearly $900,000. Leinen told the School Board it could opt to either cover the deficit from district's fund balance, or, as he recommended, take advantage of a new state option that w
BEMIDJI -- John Centko is returning to his alma mater. Centko, the outgoing provost and vice president for Northwest Technical College, on Monday said he has accepted a position at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. It is a bit of a homecoming for Centko, who graduated from NMU and in the past worked in several roles there, including facilities management. "I'd been keeping my eye on the college for sometime, watching for different positions to open," Centko told the Pioneer.
BEMIDJI -- Local students, and schools, are among those that will benefit from the state's $45 million investment into school-linked mental health services. The grants were announced last week as the Minnesota Department of Health awarded 36 mental-health agencies with five-year contracts to provide such services to students within their schools. "A lot of these kids don't have the schedules, or the means, to get to an outpatient clinic," said Wendy Thompson, executive director of the Bemidji Area Service Collaborative (BASC), which played an integral role in securing grants for the region.
BEMIDJI -- It's a happy homecoming for Alyshia Moe. Moe, a Bemidji native who went away last year for her first year of college, has returned home and is among those who will compete in the Minnesota Rodeo Association state finals, which takes place tonight and Saturday at the Sanford Center. "I'm excited," said Moe, who took part in the state finals here last year as well. "It will be a lot easier.
BEMIDJI -- Robert Griggs, who has filled several roles at BSU since he first came here in 2000, can now add another: interim dean of Northwest Technical College. Griggs, most recently the vice president for innovation and extended learning at both NTC and BSU, on Wednesday was announced as the interim dean of NTC, a position designed to help the college prepare for expected restructuring. "I'm very excited to be provided this opportunity to work with NTC faculty, staff and students," Griggs told the Pioneer on Wednesday afternoon from his new office. Griggs replaces John Centko, who served
BEMIDJI -- As a mother, Rima Keprios celebrated her daughter's graduation from BSU. As a daughter, Chloe Keprios celebrated her mother's graduation from BSU. Both took part in BSU's 95th commencement ceremonies Friday at the Sanford Center, making the traditional commencement walk side by side. "I am proud of her," Chloe said. "She just keeps going, she hasn't stopped, nothing holds her down." It was never supposed to happen this way and certainly wasn't planned. Rima over the years took classes when she could, as she could, between homelife and jobs.
BEMIDJI -- The good guy runs around, trying to collect gold coins while evading the green monsters on his trail. A contagion model offers a visual of how interactions between the healthy and sick can spread illness at varying rates. A simulation demonstrations in detail the process through which water is converted to steam. These are the work of eighth-graders at Schoolcraft Learning Community, a public K-8 charter school at Concordia Language Villages. This week marks National Charter Schools Week. "I really love this class," said Elliot Anderson-Cameron.
BEMIDJI -- When it comes to serving and providing opportunities to the disabled, it should be about choice, said Lucinda Jesson, commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services, as she hosted a listening session Tuesday afternoon in Bemidji. "It's not one size fits all," Jesson said, speaking from the community room inside Beltrami Electric.
BEMIDJI -- When Bemidji High School was named among the best high schools in the state, it came as little to surprise to the students who have roamed the halls here the past four years. "You have the opportunity to do whatever you want, to pursue whatever you are interested in," said Erin Jones. U.S. News and World Report last week named Bemidji High School the 22nd best school in the state, earning it a silver medal.
BEMIDJI -- Already home to the self-proclaimed world's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade, Bemidji may soon host the world's shortest Syttende Mai parade, too. In honor of the 200th anniversary...