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Brainerd Public Schools: Board approves property acquisition; staff members earn tenure

Brainerd School Board members discuss matters during a special board meeting Tuesday, May 28, at the Washington Educational Services Building. Theresa Bourke / Brainerd Dispatch

After just a few minutes in closed session, the Brainerd School Board approved another property acquisition Tuesday, May 28, to further the district's building projects.

The board agreed to acquire 505 SE 16th St., located near Harrison Elementary School. A new playground is planned for the land where the acquired property currently stands, with a parking lot to be built to the south.

Harrison Elementary School will also see a new secure entrance, an addition, a new gymnasium and several other upgrades, to be finished for the 2020-21 school year.

This property is the last of 12 parcels acquired near Harrison.

The district has closed on both properties near Garfield Elementary School and two of the three near Lowell, Natalie Hoff, of ICS Consulting, told board members.

Purchase agreements are done for the properties to be acquired near Brainerd High School, with closings expected to come in September.

In other business Tuesday, the school board:

Granted tenure to the following staff members: Charles Anderson, Alexandra Citrowske, Chanel Gangestad, Cassandra Girling, Trent Grams, Barbara Greatens, Jennifer Hall, Erica Hanowski, Tyler Ihmels, Emily Jedinak, Laura Jerve, Kathryn Kraft, Adam Langan, Shannon Moran, Emily Neistadt, Ellie Nelson, Jolene Owen, Jennifer Quam, Kristine Ross, Ashley Rutman, Merilee Rutter, Shaylee Schei, Karley Sykora, Michelle Tollefson, Deb Wake-Payne and Brandi Wynn.

Approved the following hires: John Freeman, second grade teacher at Baxter Elementary; Kayelee Freeman, fourth grade teacher at Baxter; Erica Henke, adult basic education teacher based at Central Lakes College; Andrew Kruchten, custodian at Forestview Middle School; and Tucker Willard, custodian at BHS.

Approved the following resignations and retirements: Leah Bahr, first grade teacher at Baxter, resignation; Michelle Ruen, third grade teacher at Garfield, retirement; Lisa Stenzel, special education teacher at Garfield; and Jeanne Jorgenson, special education paraprofessional at Nisswa Elementary School.

Approved the sale of 4,158 square feet of permanent easement at 12149 Knollwood Drive, Baxter to the city of Baxter for $1,527.

Reauthorized the district's membership in the Minnesota State High School League for the 2019-20 school year. The cost is $110 for membership and an additional $110 per activity.

Approved a contract with Consolidated Telecommunications Co. for phone services from July 1, 2019-June 30, 2024, for a monthly cost of $21,903. The district's previous contract was for $26,230.50 per month.

Theresa Bourke

I started at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and the Brainerd School District. I follow city and school board officials as they make important decisions for residents and students and decide how to spend taxpayer dollars. I look for feature story ideas among those I meet and enjoy, more than anything, helping individuals tell their stories and show what makes them unique.

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