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Bemidji school board to discuss superintendent search, roof repair

The Bemidji Area Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 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, April 18, in the district office board room.

Superintendent Tim Lutz will provide his routine COVID-19 update for the district, after which an update on the superintendent search process will be provided.

The board conducted a first round of interviews on Monday and named Red Wing Superintendent Karsten Anderson and Crookston Superintendent Jeremy Olson as the two finalists.

Anderson and Olson will undergo a second round of interviews beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, which are open to the public at the district office.

Lutz’s replacement will hold the position starting July 1. This search process follows Lutz’s retirement announcement at a Jan. 24 school board meeting .

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The board will also vote to award PFG Twin Cities with a prime vendor contract for the 2022-2023 school year to act as a full-service vendor for all fresh, frozen and dry food products throughout the district.

An estimated annual purchase cost of $1.3 million would result for the next school year with the option to extend the contract up to four additional years.

PFG was the only vendor to submit a proposal to the district, which has already been working with PFG as an emergency distributor since the district’s primary food supplier dropped their contract last fall.

“The submitted bid meets the criteria required for delivery schedule, product needs and pricing agreements,” District Business Director Krisi Fenner wrote in a letter to the board.

The board is also set to review roof repair bids for the high school, which will require a two-phase roof replacement project over the course of two summers. The first phase would repair underlying roofing issues including water damage and the second phase would replace the roof itself.

Estimated costs total around $3.2 million. At a March 21 meeting , however, the board unanimously approved $2.5 million in general obligation facilities maintenance bonds provided by PMA Financial and available to the district by June 8 to offset the upfront cost.

The public can attend the meeting in person or watch the meeting 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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