When the state Legislature and Congress convene early next year, the Bemidji School District wants to be prepared. The Bemidji School Board began building the school district's 2007-08 legislative platform Monday night. The board developed a list of three state and two federal legislative action items along with several areas of concerns.
The Sexual assault Multidisciplinary Action Response Team is starting a community conversation on sexual violence and assault issues. On Tuesday, B-SMART held an open focus group, "Communities Against Sexual Violence: A Conversation for Everyone," at Bemidji State University.
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji School Board meeting Monday: Certified staff appointments The board considered the certified staff appointment of Jennifer Annette as a kindergarten teacher at Central Elementary School. ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve. Noncertified staff resignation The board considered the noncertified staff resignation of health paraprofessional Jean Lilliquist. ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve. Seniority list The board considered adopting a teacher seniority list. ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve. Donation The b
Two years ago as sophomores, Chelsey Gunderson and Lisa Holtman served as captains on Bemidji High School's junior varsity dance team. Now as seniors, Gunderson and Holtman have teamed up again to be the captains on the varsity dance team at BHS. The seniors, who both got their start in dance with Just for Kix, bring a combined 21 years of dance experience to the varsity team.
Nearly four decades ago, the Bagley School District's first dance team made its debut. "We've had a long-standing history at Bagley," said Heather Galli Keough, head coach of this year's varsity dance team. The school district's dance program started in 1970 with the Pom Pom Girls, which was primarily a half-time entertainment and performance group, Galli Keough said.
Basketball star Troy Bolton and academic whiz Gabriella Montez discover they share a common interest in singing -- and each other -- in Disney's "High School Musical." The stage version of the Disney Channel original movie will open at 7 p.m. Friday at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Additional 7 p.m. performances will be held Dec. 15 and Dec. 20-22. Matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 21-22. Admission is $14 for adults and $9 for kindergarten to college students. Tickets are available at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave.
The Bemidji School District's proposed 2008 levy hike will likely rise before it's certified. Some money in the school district's construction account will be available to spend on facility improvements at Bemidji High School, Director of Business Services Chris Leinen told the Bemidji School Board Monday night. "So it will have an impact on our overall levy," he said. At the school district's Truth in Taxation hearing last week, Leinen proposed an $8.34 million levy for 2008, which would be 1.81 percent increase over this year's levy. But, Leinen said Monday night, the levy proposed last
Property taxpayers in the Bemidji School District may see a 1.81 percent increase for schools on their 2008 bill. On Monday night, the Bemidji School Board will consider certifying the 2008 levy at $8.34 million. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Media Center. The meeting is scheduled a week earlier than usual because a BHS choir concert is planned for the night of Dec.
Three local charter schools presented their legislative wishes to two state lawmakers Friday during the schools' first joint legislative forum. At Schoolcraft Learning Community, Rep. Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji, and Sen.
A fifth-grade class at Northern Elementary School welcomed a new arrival this week -- 500 lake trout eggs. Teacher Jeff Wade's class will raise the lake trout from eggs to fry throughout the school year as part of Trout in the Classroom, a national environmental education program for K-12 students. "No other school in Minnesota has ever done this," Wade said. On Wednesday afternoon, Tony Kennedy, fisheries specialist with Bemidji Area Fisheries of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, brought the eggs to the classroom and transferred them to a large aquarium.