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Board approves schematic designs for Brainerd Learning Center remodel

The project is set to take place in summer 2022.

Brainerd School Board members listen to a construction update during their meeting Monday, June 28, 2021, at the Washington Educational Services Building. Theresa Bourke / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd School Board members approved schematic designs for a remodel project at the Brainerd Learning Center, set to start next summer.

As part of the districtwide building remodel project after the 2018 referendum, the Brainerd Learning Center will see renovations to the western half of the building.

The east entrance will serve as the main secure entrance, while the west entrance will primarily be used as an exit.

Mike Angland of Widseth, who presented the designs to the school board June 28, said consultants are excited about the new commons area, which will also double as cafeteria space and has an adjacent office suite with a direct connection to the commons, making supervision easy.

The kitchen will have a larger serving area and better means of flow for students. Two new family and consumer sciences labs in the southwest corner of the building will serve as in-home settings to teach students basic skills for home life, complete with stoves, sinks, dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves, and washers and dryers.


In the restrooms, child-height Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant fixtures will be upgraded to adult height and will still be ADA-compliant.

The project is planned to be completed during the summer of 2022.

Schematic designs, courtesy of Widseth, ICS and Brainerd Public Schools, show remodel plans for the Brainerd Learning Center.

In other business June 28, the board:

Approved new hires: Lynn Hanske, special education teacher at Baxter Elementary; Shana Lee, early childhood special education coordinator at Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative; Joseph Muehlbauer, special education teacher at Forestview Middle School; Natalie Smieja, special education teacher at Forestview; Michael Sommerness, band/music teacher at Brainerd High School; Michelle Vanderflute, special education teacher at Lowell Elementary; Hannah Wiedewitsch, special education teacher at BHS; Howie Borden, head boys hockey coach at BHS; Timothy Catlett, Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts facilities manager; Jeremy Crouse, child care assistant site supervisor at Baxter Elementary; Jaxson DeRosier, athletic official at Forestview; Leah Garry, enrichment coordinator at Forestview; Logan Goltz, athletic official at Forestview; Sawyer Hennessy, districtwide enrichment instructor/coach; Elijah Hoelz, athletic official at Forestview; Theo Lund, athletic official at Forestview; Dean Makey, athletic official at Forestview; Shaun Mattsen, districtwide custodian; Kayley Miles, districtwide enrichment instructor/coach; Justin Neptune, ninth grade assistant football coach at BHS; Eric Pohlkamp, districtwide enrichment coach/instructor; Joe Pohlkamp, districtwide enrichment coach/instructor; Molly Pohlkamp, districtwide enrichment coach/instructor; Allison Rice, districtwide child care program assistant; Dave Rozinka, athletic official at Forestview; Lor Reuer, event worker at BHS; Bennett Scheinost, athletic official at FMS; Kaden Shefflo, assistant boys lacrosse coach at BHS; Andrew Slagle, athletic official at Forestview; Gabriel Smith, assistant boys lacrosse coach at BHS; Gabrielle Speliopoulos, districtwide child care program assistant; Hannah Tatge, districtwide enrichment coach/instructor; Olivia Tautges, athletic official at Forestview; Lisa Winterowd, districtwide Association of Confidential Employees Master Contract; and Meghan Writz, districtwide enrichment coach/instructor.

Accepted donations to the district: $250 from Brainerd Eagles Club for the community education Miracle League adaptive baseball program and $200 from Costco Warehouse for the district’s food service angel fund.

Approved a contract with Sourcewell for gym flooring and equipment at the Brainerd High School South Campus at a cost not to exceed $135,150.


Approved a contract with CliftonLarsonAllen for fiscal year 2021 audit services at an approximate cost of $33,500.

Approved a pupil transportation services agreement with Reichert Bus Services for July 1, 2021-June 30, 2023.

Renewed the district’s membership with the Minnesota Rural Education Association for 2021-22 at a cost of $2,500.

Rescheduled the July 12 school board meeting to 6 p.m. July 19.

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