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BRAINERD SCHOOL BOARD Board certifies levy results

The Brainerd School Board Monday certified last week’s levy referendum results.

There were 9,988 voters who cast ballots in the Nov. 8 school election, including 463 voters who registered on Election Day and 506 voters who voted by absentee ballot.

For the first question, the district asked voters for renewal of its $199.24 per pupil levy, which passed with 7,036 yes votes to 2,934 no votes.

For the second question, the district asked voters to support an additional $200 per pupil levy, which passed with 5,371 yes votes and 4,589 no votes.

Steve Lund, director of business services, said the board will certify its annual levy Dec. 12.

Lund said Crow Wing County will be mailing out proposed tax statements soon but property owners won’t see the impact of the recent levy referendum on their property taxes until they receive their property tax statements in early 2012.

The board approved a recommendation to dissolve cooperative athletics programs between Brainerd High School and area schools including Pillager, Lake Region Christian School, Pequot Lakes and Crosby-Ironton. BHS activities director Charlie Campbell sent a letter recently to the area schools that stated that the district was giving a one-year notice of its intention to dissolve its existing cooperative sponsorships, due to fiscal realities locally, regionally and statewide.

The dissolutions are effective the winter of 2012-13 and the fall of 2013 for fall activities.

The district approved an expanded contract agreement with Northern Pines.

The board learned school staff raised and pledged $18,405.65 in the latest United Way fundraising campaign.

The board accepted the resignation of Julie Otto, Riverside first-grade teacher, effective Oct. 18.

The board approved the A Cappella choir trip March 8-14, 2012, to Honolulu, Hawaii. Sixty-six of the 68 students are going, an overwhelming positive response, choir director Brian Stubbs told board members.

Stubbs said the cost of the trip is less than the cost of traveling to New York City. Cost is $1,569 per student with all costs covered by individual and group fundraising, including concerts, madrigal dinner and other community performances. Ten adult chaperones are paying the full amount of $1,569 per person. The choir will have five or six singing opportunities in Hawaii.

Stubbs said it is a tremendous opportunity for students.

JODIE TWEED may be reached at or 855-5858.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.