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As Bemidji State University students step onto campus this fall, they will see many updates, including the newly completed Center for Advanced and Emerging Technologies. Among the several construction projects in the works at BSU, the approximately $12 million facility will house the university's growing Department of Technological Studies. "We're very excited because we will see the opening of the Center for Advanced and Emerging Technologies this fall," BSU President Jon Quistgaard said.
The Bemidji School Board voted 5-0 Monday to approve the FY 2006-07 budget. Board member Mona Carter was absent from the board meeting. As presented, the budget estimates general fund revenue of about $46.55 million and general fund expenses of about $47.14 million, and a projected general fund ending balance of about $3.47 million. The general fund represents the basic operations of the school district.
With the Chippewa National Forest as one of their classrooms, some students from Cass Lake-Bena Elementary School are giving their literacy skills a boost while learning about ecology this summer. As part of an approximately $240,000 federal Title I grant, the school district is offering the Eco Kids Ecology Camp to give first- through fourth-graders the opportunity to strengthen their literacy skills. Running Mondays through Fridays, the all-day camp is offered in two three-week sessions. The first session, which ran from May 30 to June 16, was for third- and fourth-graders.
Wrapping up a science curriculum review process that began last year, the Bemidji School Board adopted revised K-12 science outcomes that are aligned to the new Minnesota Academic Science Standards. On Monday night, the board voted 5-0 to adopt the District Curriculum Committee's proposed science outcomes.
The Bemidji School Board will consider adopting revised K-12 science outcomes for the school district Monday night. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Media Center. The science outcomes are among several items on the board meeting agenda. Kathy Palm, director of curriculum and administrative services, said the district reviews the curriculum in a subject area every seven years. "This year, we had science and phy ed," Palm said.
The Bemidji School District is expected to operate at a nearly $806,000 deficit next year, according to the proposed budget. On Wednesday, Director of Business Services Chris Leinen reviewed his 2006-07 budget proposal with the Bemidji School Board at the District Office. The board will vote on the proposed budget at its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m.
CLEARBROOK -- Minnesota Education Commissioner Alice Seagren announced Monday that the Clearbrook-Gonvick School District will be the 22nd school district in the state to opt into the Q Comp performance and professional pay system. After making the announcement to students, staff and school board members at Clearbrook-Gonvick School, Seagren presented them with a check for $128,960 in state aid to implement the program in the 2006-07 school year. "This district, along with the other 21, is really nation leading," Seagren said. Last year, Gov.
Born in Laos in 1973, Tou Ger Xiong and his family fled to a Thai refugee camp early in his life after the communist takeover of the country in 1975. After four years at the camp, the boy and his family immigrated to the United States. Settling in St.
As a new bus driver for the Debs School District, Jim Skerik of Debs first got behind the wheel of a school bus in 1963. On Monday afternoon, Skerik drove his last bus full of students home from school before starting retirement - wrapping up his 43-year accident-free career as a school bus driver. "For him to be able to avoid an accident all those years is really a big thing," said Greg Liedl, transportation coordinator for the Bemidji School District, during a surprise retirement party for Skerik Monday. And since he started driving school bus 43 years ago, Skerik, 67, hardly missed a day
Stepping into the hall where Austrian composer Joseph Haydn once gave weekly concerts of his original music, the Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble recently prepared to give a performance of its own. On the first international trip ever taken by a BSU band, the 46-member ensemble toured Austria and the Czech Republic for nearly two weeks in May.