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Brainerd School Board to move meetings during construction

The School Board will meet at Brainerd High School beginning later this fall.

The sign welcoming people to the Washington Educational Services Building, where the Brainerd School Board meets.
The sign welcoming people to the Washington Educational Services Building, where the Brainerd School Board meets.
Brainerd Dispatch file photo
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BRAINERD — Brainerd School Board meetings will move to the high school later this fall while the Washington Educational Services Building undergoes renovations.

Superintendent Heidi Hahn told School Board members Monday, Aug. 8, the board’s September meetings will still be in the Washington building, but it is not yet certain if meetings will move over to the high school in October or November. The board might be able to have its October meeting at Washington, depending on when construction begins.

Board meetings will take place in the large conference room across from the administrative office at Brainerd High School until work wraps up at Washington. The project is expected to be done in August 2023.

Work on the building includes the relocation of offices, addition of a multipurpose flex space and more bathrooms, updating of existing bathrooms and the addition of a wheelchair lift on the south side of the building. Bus and parent drop-off and pickup will move from Oak Street to South Eighth and Pine streets.

In other business Monday, the School Board:

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Authorized new hires: Thomas Adornetto, districtwide English as a second language teacher; Pamela Clontz, special education teacher at BHS; Lauren Crenna, special education teacher at Harrison Elementary; Kelsey Deutz, teacher at Riverside Elementary; Madeline Hastings, emotional and behavioral disorder teacher at Riverside; Emily Isackson, special education teacher at BHS; Jeremiah Johnson, special education teacher at Forestview Middle School; Claudia Keller, districtwide speech language pathologist; Adam Langan, fifth grade language arts teacher at Forestview; Jason Leonard, physical education teacher at Riverside; Kristen Maas-Gotti, English teacher at BHS; Emily Olson, special education teacher at Forestview; Lorry Parrish, developmental cognitive disabilities teacher at Forestview; Amanda Reyes, special education teacher at Riverside; Kristin Schaffhauer, early childhood family education teacher at Warrior Early Learning Center; Bobby Solarz, special education teacher at Lincoln Education Center; Megan Strong, first grade teacher at Garfield Elementary; Kryston Wiseley, choir teacher at Forestview; Katelyn Zeroth, special education teacher at Lincoln; Melissa Anderson, nutrition professional/assistant cook at Warrior Early Learning Center; Shane Barclay, districtwide custodian; Roberta Berry, teaching and learning department secretary at Washington; Katie Borg, nutrition professional/assistant cook at BHS; Raymond Borg, educational assistant; Audrey Compton, nutrition professional/assistant cook at Lowell Elementary; Sarah Dahlheimer, educational assistant at Riverside; Jason Feigum, part-time districtwide custodian; Aletha Flickinger, educational assistant at Forestview; Annette Forkel, nutrition professional/assistant cook at Forestview; Susan Gebhard, payroll/finance specialist at Washington; Clarissa Hartz, educational assistant at Baxter Elementary; Laura Hanson, educational assistant at Forestview; Elissa Jaekel, nutrition professional/assistant cook at BHS; Victoria Johnson, educational assistant at Forestview; Michelle Johnson-Ding, nutrition professional/assistant cook at BHS; Bobbi Krutchen, behavior management specialist at BHS; Chase Larson, districtwide custodian; Jillian Merten, educational assistant at Baxter; Susan Rioux, registrar/student records at Forestview; Heather Saffell, nutrition professional/assistant cook at Forestview; VeRonica Sandberg, educational assistant at Baxter; Jaclyn Taylor, teaching and learning staff develop assistant at Washington; Carmon Thelen, early childhood paraprofessional at Warrior Early Learning Center; Noah True, educational assistant at Riverside; Elaine Youngquist, nutrition professional/assistant cook at BHS; Dylan Connor, Fun ‘N’ Friends assistant; Sienna Farrell, summer parks and recreation assistant; Hunter Hennessy, summer parks and recreation umpire; Francisco Hernandez, Fun ‘N’ Friends site supervisor; Kaira Lauve, summer parks and recreation assistant; Janelle Menzell, assistant eighth grade girls volleyball coach; and Jeffrey Nelson, continuing education enrichment instructor.

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To "Be the best Brainerd we can be!” we must celebrate our past accomplishments, while also reflecting on past lessons learned to improve our future.
John Ward possesses all the qualities of a remarkable leader and has a long history as a public servant.
Charles Black Lance will strive to listen, learn and make decisions that support the highest quality educational opportunities for my family and those throughout the district.
I have known John Ward for many years and I feel he would be an excellent member of the Brainerd School Board.

Accepted donations: $400 from Costco for the food service Angel Fund; and $250 from Severin and Heather Neumann for speech section hospitality supplies at BHS.

Approved additional program management fees to ICS for added project scopes at Nisswa, Lowell and the Warrior Early Learning Center in the amount of $297,416.

Approved additional reimbursable fees to ICS for site services for added project scopes at Garfield Elementary, BHS and Riverside in the amount of $414,575.

Approved a security officers agreement with General Security Services Corp. for the 2022-23 school year. The money for the expense will come from school safety funds.

Approved an agreement with Central Lakes College for post-secondary enrollment option classes at a cost of $251 per college credit hour per student. This cost is a 3.3% increase from last year. Board member Charles Black Lance abstained from voting on this measure, as he works at CLC.

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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