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BRAINERD SCHOOL BOARD: Athletic fees lowered

After failing during the June Brainerd School Board meeting, a new proposal was approved to help alleviate some of the costs in the Brainerd High School athletic fees as presented by the Brainerd Finance Committee during Monday night's board meeting.

Reading very similar to the first proposal of lowered costs, the committee's recommendation was to go from the current three-tier structure to a two-tier structure with costs lowered by $75 and $100 in some areas.

Currently, participants in tier 1 sports pay $250, tier 2 pay $350 and tier 3 pay $425. Fee reductions would drop tier 2 from $350 to $250 and tier 3 from $425 to $350.

In addition, the revised proposal would have the school district assume the support schedule of remaining Warrior Way funds — $180,000 — and its cost for the next three years.

Steve Lund, director of business services, added that with this revised proposal the district would expect a budget impact of roughly $81,600 for the next three years and will need to begin planning with the yearly loss of $60,000 in Warrior Way funding to end in three years.

Board Chairman Chris Robinson opposed the motion for approval as presented, saying he was "very concerned about reducing revenues in the district with such a large budget deficit in the district at this time."

The motion passed 5-1.

In other business:

The school board unanimously approved the Lakes Area Senior Activity Center's request to continue their use of the greenhouse and classroom to assist in preparing plants and vegetables for their plant sale.

Darlene Painter, a volunteer with the group, said the group of volunteers grew more than 8,000 items to be sold to the community at a cost of $1 to $15 per plant or vegetable over the past year the greenhouse has been in use.

"We can't thank you enough for allowing us the use to help grow these plants," said Painter. "We truly would love to be your tenants again."

Razidlo clarified that it would be under the same conditions that the center had for the use this past year, while Reed Campbell joked about doubling their rent.

"We brought donuts to share, not technically a bribe but if it helps," said Senior Center Director DeAnn Barry.

Lund responded: "We did double their rent — last year it cost them a dozen donuts, this year it was two."

The board also unanimously approved the second readings of cellular and internet responsibility policies. Both readings of the policies outlined accepted uses of the devices and will be enforced both inside district school buildings and in some areas outside of the buildings.

As school board election approaches, Razidlo reminded interested candidates to come out and learn more about becoming a board member with the district holding a school board candidate informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on July 24.

“We’re hoping to attract wonderful candidates as we have been,” said Razidlo, “to run for school board for all those interested in servicing the needs for children and the community.”

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855-5859 or Follow her on Twitter at (@jessi_pierce).