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Class sizes on the docket for Oct. 17 Bemidji school board meeting

As the Nov. 8 general election nears, the Bemidji Area Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, in the district office board room.

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BEMIDJI — As the Nov. 8 general election nears, the Bemidji Area Schools Board of Education will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, in the district office board room.

Superintendent Jeremy Olson is set to report class sizes that exceed recommended district guidelines. In a letter to the board, Olson detailed that no elementary classes or middle school pods exceed these guidelines.

Regarding Bemidji High School, Olson noted, “while music and physical education are exceptions to policy, to offset class sizes, BHS physical education classes exceed the policy. We have some courses with 45 plus students in them. BHS has 239 course offerings in term one.”

There are 15 BHS classes that are over policy in term one, 12 of which are over by one to two students. Three classes exceed guidelines by three to four students.

District Human Resources Director Jordan Hickman will also provide assurance of compliance with state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination, which all school districts are required to complete by the Minnesota Department of Education.

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

An informal listening session will precede the regular board meeting at 5:45 p.m. at the district office.

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