BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji School board will address several issues related to the district’s finances during its upcoming meeting.
The board’s meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. The agenda includes the possibility of putting an operating referendum on an upcoming ballot, as well as reducing programs and positions.
Board members briefly discussed the possibility of a referendum during their last meeting. The discussion for the upcoming meeting will include creating sub-committees for the potential referendum. The agenda also includes a calendar for important dates related to putting the referendum on the ballot. An operating referendum would essentially increase the amount of taxes that go toward the school.
The agenda for the meeting also includes a proposed motion allowing for the discontinuation of certain programs and positions due to “lack of participation in certain offerings” as well as “financial limitations.” The motion indicates that it might result in the “termination of some contracts” and the placement of teachers on unrequested leaves of absence.
The motion did not indicate what positions or programs it would affect. It did, however, indicate that the recommendations would be brought to the school board during either the March or April meeting.
Finally, the school board will approve the tax levy payable in 2020 and marked as revenue for the school during 2020-21.