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Brainerd Public Schools seeks submissions to name South Campus

The school district — like it has done for its other schools — is asking the public for their submissions to help name the school. Name submissions will be accepted through Oct. 12 on the district’s

Building updates continue at Brainerd Public Schools, and Wednesday, Sept. 29, the Brainerd School Board approved the remodeling of the current Brainerd High School South Campus.

Once complete, the current South Campus will be the home for the school district’s Level IV programs: Lincoln Education Center, STARS and Transitions Plus.

The school district is asking the public for submissions to help name the school. Name submissions will be accepted through Oct. 12 on the district’s .

As a guide for submitted suggestions, the district in a news release stated it is looking for a name for South Campus that is:

  • Inclusive of all programs being provided in the new facility,

  • Equitable for all,

  • Does not include an individual’s name, other than the previous legacy name — the Lincoln Education Center,

  • And is specific to the school district.

The results of voting on the top three names will be shared at the Oct. 25 board meeting.
During the Wednesday meeting, board member Bob Nystrom said he likes traditions, and he said Lincoln is one of the oldest names the school has for its buildings and represents President Abraham Lincoln, who “is in many people’s opinion the greatest president of all time. He saved our country through his leadership and he will always have legacies.”


Brainerd Superintendent Laine Larson said her gut feeling is that the Lincoln Education Center may be one of the names the public will submit.

A-Wing Rendering
A rendering of the Brainerd High School's North Campus A-Wing, which will consist of two floors. The Brainerd School Board Sept. 29th approved the rendering. Screenshot / Brainerd Public Schools

The school board also approved the BHS’s North Campus A-Wing, which will consist of two floors. Remodeling includes the science and language areas to have three chemistry labs, four biology labs and three science labs.

The estimated cost of this project for construction is $10.4 million and for design is $10.6 million.

In other school business:

Tabled the second and final reading of the updated Minnesota School Board Association policy regarding COVID-19 face coverings. Board Member Kevin Boyles questioned the policy regarding how visitors would be addressed and if they would have to follow the school’s policy to wear a face covering.

Approved the first readings of policies for school weapons, searching lockers and distributing non-school materials.


Approved the first reading of the revised policy on public participation at meetings. The revision observed how public comments would be recorded. People who speak at meetings will continue to be part of the school’s record, but the district can summarize the outcome, such as stating a number of how many people objected or supported an issue, instead of naming every person who objected or supported the issue. Larson said this is how all the school districts in the state address this matter.

Approved guidelines for people who bring signs to school board meetings. Signs will be allowed as long as it does not impede another person's ability to participate in a school board meeting or create a safety hazard.

Congratulated the 2021 Above and Beyond winners: Sally Bisted, special education teacher at Forestview Middle School; Jodi Kuschel, special education paraprofessional at Garfield Elementary; and Alexis Marcelo, math teacher at Brainerd High School.

John Erickson
Brainerd School Board Chair Ruth Nelson and John Erickson, the Brainerd Public Schools archivist/curator, Wednesday get ready to unveil two signed, framed photograph works donated to the schools by Brainerd Hall of Famer Elsa (Hasch) Garrison, who graduated in 1990. Garrison works for Getty Images. Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch

Heard from John Erickson, the Brainerd Public Schools archivist/curator, who presented two signed, framed photograph works by Brainerd Hall of Famer Elsa (Hasch) Garrison, who graduated in 1990. Garrison, who works for Getty Images, is a world class professional sports photographer with dozens of Olympics, World Series, Super Bowl and other championship credits in her resume, including the iconic Kobe and Gianna Bryant photograph, which was one of the photographs gifted to the school district. The other photograph gifted to the school district, Erickson said, was seen around the world and was of a woman soccer player winning a game in the World Cup.

Approved a proposal to Mike’s Tree Company for snow removal services for the 2021-22 school year for $174,993.

Approved the listing for sale of the BHS trade program home with Edina Realty.


JENNIFER KRAUS may be reached at or 218-855-5851. Follow me at on Twitter.

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