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Brainerd School Board: First reading of drug and alcohol testing approved


The Brainerd School Board unanimously approved the first reading and draft revision for the current drug and alcohol testing policy Monday night.

Director of Schools Willie Severson noted the current policy was adopted in 2005 and federal requirement for Department of Transportation drivers has changed. Drivers required to be tested will now also include Type III drivers and will place those under reasonable suspicion subject to a drug and or alcohol test.

Brainerd director of business services Steve Lund stressed these changes do not imply a drug and alcohol correction for employees, but rather a prevention to help promote a safe and healthy work environment for both employees and students.

In other business, the school board:

Approved the District Assessment Model recommendations, with the District Response to Intervention Advisory Committee recommending STAR Enterprise Reading and Mathematics as the core district testing program beginning in the fall of 2012. Director of teaching and learning Deb Lechner said the move to STAR Enterprise will eliminate the current NWEA tool and the use of AIMSweb as benchmark assessment. The board unanimously approved.

Accepted retirements from:

• Brainerd High School English teacher Janis Cummings, effective June 1, 2012.

• Lincoln Education Center special education teacher Gladys Kucera, effective June 8, 2012.

• Forestview Middle School physical education teacher Michael Morgan, effective Dec. 27, 2012.

• Nisswa early childhood special education teacher Beverly Peterson, effective June 1, 2012.

• Brainerd High School social studies teacher Charles Whalen, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Approved and received nine donations. An anonymous area resident donated $600 for staff to purchase 43 snowsuits, mittens and hats for students in the district this year. Garfield Elementary School’s PTO donated a total of $1,200 with $600 going towards reading recovery books and $600 for DVD burners. The Crow Wing County Bar Association donated $225 for a mock trial trip. Attorney Brook Mallak donated an additional $75 for the mock trial trip. Brainerd High School was awarded $4,715.02 for being the top-selling school district based on gross sales of product from Coca-Cola. The money was distributed to the Warrior Outlet, BHS activities and BHS general student activity fund. The Brainerd Lions Club donated $1,450 for anti-bullying Pacer Puppets. The club also donated $5,000 for driver’s education interpreter services. Crow Wing Power Community Trust donated $1,500 to Crow Wing Parents Forever Collaborative program. The Brainerd Rotary Foundation donated $1,000 to the Fathers Reading Everyday Program.

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