Gene Dillon Elementary


Bemidji Area Schools celebrates official ground breaking ceremony for Gene Dillon Elementary. Superintendent Jim Hess along with administration, school board members and  staff from across the district came together to talk about the journey so far and what the future holds.  Gene Dillon’s widow Darlene was also on hand to celebrate the legacy of her husband and what this building will mean to the Bemidji community.  Stay tuned over the coming year for exciting updates!



Gene Dillon Elementary


New School News



Archaeological Study (pdf)
Archaeological Study


Building Permit (pdf)
Building Permit

Latest news regarding the new school site selection (pdf)
Site Selection


Conditional Use Permit Proposed Conditions (pdf)
CUP Proposed Conditions



Final Environmental Assessment Worksheet (pdf)
Final Bemidji Elementary EAW June 2016



Environmental Assessment Worksheet and Supporting Documentation (pdf)

Draft of Environmental Assessment Worksheet 041316
Reference the following documents for Figures 1-10 and Appendix A-E:


Gene Dillon Elementary Traffic Study (pdf)


Gene Dillon Elementary Construction Timeline (pdf)



Progress is being shown in the district’s efforts to construct a new fourth and fifth grade attendance center (Gene Dillon Elementary School).  The district originally planned to build the school near Bemidji Middle School, but costly traffic requirements made it impossible to build the school planned with the funds voters approved.  In December, the School Board voted to change locations and build the school near Bemidji High School on Division Street in Grant Valley Township.


A recently completed traffic study examined traffic issues along Division Street from Highway 2 to Becida Road.  The information has been shared with the Beltrami County Highway Engineer.  The school district will work with the county to address traffic congestion near Bemidji High School, especially at the Bemidji High School entrance and the Adams Avenue/Division Street intersection.  The county will take our traffic study findings and consider the recommendations in their planning process for future road improvements.


Click here for the latest school site plan (plan will continue to change over time).



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