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First day of school kicks off in Brainerd

Students filed into Lowell Elementary School in northeast Brainerd Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Pictures from the first day of school at Lowell School.
Tiffany Sieling hugs fourth grade son Connor McKittrick after dropping him off for the first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, at Lowell Elementary.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
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BRAINERD — Blue skies and excited staffers welcomed students and their families to Lowell Elementary School Tuesday, Sept. 6, for the first day of the 2022-23 year.

Parents ready to get back into a daily routine hugged their kids goodbye and waved from the cars, as the students — eager for classes like Spanish and gym — rushed into the newly renovated school to get settled for the year.

Pictures from the first day of school at Lowell School.
Lowell Elementary School Principal Kathy Johnson welcomes students to school on the first day Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

First-year Lowell Principal Kathy Johnson was all smiles and ready to tackle her new post at the northeast Brainerd school.

“I’m just so excited to have all the kids here and the staff,” she said. “And I’ve been working to kind of understand how everything works at the school, and it’s fun to see it put together and see how well this team really works together.”

Teachers from kindergarten up through fourth grade lined the students up outside near the playground before the first bell to usher them to their new classrooms.

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“I’m looking forward to just working alongside these teachers and getting to know the kids and the families and continuing on this path that the school has started,” Johnson said. “And I’m just really excited to be back in Brainerd and be a Brainerd Warrior again. It just feels like it’s a good place to be.”

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The people have voted and have made their decisions as to who best represents them on the Brainerd School Board, so let all of those newly-elected people make this decision on the strategic plan.
Based on the financial straits the Brainerd School District is currently experiencing, it would be better for everyone if the district were shopping for a consultant to assist them with a fiscal plan, not a strategic plan.
The School District should delay selecting a firm for the district’s strategic plan as is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 12, during the school board meeting.
The school district currently has a strategic plan in place! What is wrong with the current plan? Have any potential deficiencies in the current plan been identified?

THERESA BOURKE may be reached at theresa.bourke@brainerddispatch.com or 218-855-5860. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DispatchTheresa .

Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.
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