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Bemidji school board to discuss 2022-2023 budget, upcoming elections

The Bemidji Area Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, in the district office board room.

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BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Area Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, in the district office board room.

The board is set to review the 2022-2023 budget book and adopt its preliminary operating budget, which school boards are required to complete prior to July 1 before the start of the upcoming fiscal year.

“These operating budgets necessarily change throughout the course of the year as projections become current data,” District Business Director Krisi Fenner wrote in a letter to the board. “The goal in creating this budget book is to provide transparency and education around historical financial data as well as future projections.”

The budget book will detail the district’s funding, enrollment, capital projects and fund balance on a local and state-wide level. It will also be publicly available on the district website along with the district’s audit reports and other financial documents.

The board will also establish dates for filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of school board members.

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A general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8, when three members will be elected to the board for four-year terms.

A special election will be held in conjunction with the general election where one member will be elected to serve the remainder of a two-year term left over from former board member Jeff Haack, who resigned at a Nov. 15 board meeting.

The public can attend the meeting in person or watch it on the Bemidji Area Schools YouTube channel.

Daltyn Lofstrom is a reporter at the Bemidji Pioneer focusing on education and community stories.
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