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Additional wireless school sites will be realized thanks to the Brainerd School Board’s action Monday to approve a contract with Cisco Wireless and Electrical Systems at a total cost of $320,077.

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School officials said the move would increase the district’s meaningful use of technology.

Outlining the agreement’s advantages, Brainerd School District Superintendent Steve Razidlo said the technology being implemented was just beginning its life cycle, it would manage interference, and there would be efficiencies that would be realized by working with Crow Wing County and Central Lakes College.

Cisco Wireless will provide the switches and hardware while Electrical Systems will do the wiring and hang the access points. The wireless program will be used to increase the current 74 wireless access points to 270.

Andy Rangen of CTC Information Technology, which will provide support for the program said a good system will be one that no one ever talks about.

“Like a good waiter or waitress,” he said.

In other school business, the school board approved the second and final reading for the drug and alcohol testing policy which now calls for Type III drivers to be tested in order to comply with Department of Transportation federal requirements.

Approved an easement on the west side of Buffalo Hills school district property so the city can extend a trail in that area.

Adjourned to a closed session where it discussed potential litigation.

Congratulated Dave Pritschet who was selected as the 2012 Brainerd Teacher of the Year.

Noted that Savannah Stone finished sixth in the State Alpine Ski Meet. Stone broke the school record which was originally held by Katie Majka. This is the best finish for any Brainerd Warrior Skier ever.

Recognized that the Brainerd Nordic Ski Team finished sixth at the state Nordic Ski meet and that the Warrior dance team finished third in the state high kick dance tournament.

Approved the following gifts and grants approvals: Cathy Rustermier from the JA Woollam Foundation, $2,000 for Alternative Education Center (AEC) Field Trip; Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union, $200 to support of a team for “The Stock Market Game” at AEC; Forestview Parent Group, $1,730.91 for the FRED Program; Crosby-Ironton Public Schools, $150 for the FRED Program; Crow Wing Power Community Trust, $1,170 for the Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Collation; Nisswa Women of Today, $100 for the Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Collation; Kiwanis Club of Brainerd, $200 for the Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Collation; Baxter Elementary Parent Teacher Organization $450 for the FRED Program; Garfield Elementary Parent Teacher Association, $150 for the FRED Program; Liberty Paper, $150 for Harrison Elementary Schools student programs; Garrison Lions Club, $100 for Harrison Elementary Schools student programs; Landis Gyr, $300 for Harrison Elementary Schools student programs; Kiwanis Club of Baxter Lakes Area, $500 for the Brainerd Lakes Area Early Childhood Coalition.

MIKE O’ROURKE may be reached at 855-5860 or mike.orourke@brainerddispatch.com. He may be followed on Twitter at MikeORourkenews.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
(218) 855-5860
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