BEMIDJI -- Earlier this month, Bemidji Area Schools Superintendent Tim Lutz announced he will be hosting virtual listening sessions with interested community members to inform them about the district’s financial situation and address concerns.

This week, the district announced the dates and times for these sessions, which have been divided into groups by school. Participants are asked to RSVP to the session that works best for them.

The sessions will be held several times each week through Google Meet video conferencing. During each session, Lutz will provide a brief presentation and offer time for parents, staff and community members to ask questions.

“Following a brief presentation on the district’s finances and next steps, please provide questions or feedback,” the announcement said. “Your voice is important to our direction as a district as we explore the need for an operating referendum.”

All events will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. The dates and times are as follows:

  • Gene Dillon Elementary parent conversation on July 23

  • Horace May and Lincoln Elementary parent conversation on July 27

  • J.W. Smith and Northern Elementary parent conversation on July 28

  • Solway, Central and Paul Bunyan Elementary parent conversation on July 29

  • Bemidji Middle School parent conversation on July 30

  • BHS, First City School and Alt Ed Center parent conversation on Aug. 3

  • Parent makeup superintendent conversation on Aug. 5

Links to all of the invites and the RSVP form can be found on the Bemidji Area Schools Facebook page. Information regarding how to log in to the Google Meet session will be sent ahead of the meeting.