Tris Cluever announces School Board candidacy

Cluever is one of nine candidates running for two special two-year terms on the Brainerd School Board

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Tris Cluever
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BRAINERD — Tris Cluever announced her candidacy for Brainerd School Board. She is one of nine candidates running for two special two-year seats on the board.

“When you vote for me, you will receive honest, considerate, and educated decisions for our children and the #181 district,” she wrote in a news release.

Cluever and her family have lived in Brainerd for most of their lives. She and husband John raised their three children and most of their nine grandchildren in the school district.

Her educational background includes two associates of arts degrees, and associates of applied science degree in law enforcement and a post-secondary education degree in K-6 education.

“For the past 40 years I have had my own daycare that has provided a safe, secure, and caring environment for 100’s of area children,” she wrote.


Additional career experience includes being a preschool teacher, a distant learner instructor, school bus driver, emergency medical technician and a first responder.

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“My business and fiscal experience comes from being successful with my daycare business, my husband’s, John, business and our household,” Cluever wrote in her news release. “As a parent, grandparent and volunteer within ISD#181, I have been in contact and worked with almost every department and grade level. This gives me a unique insight into the inner workings of the educational process and how to problem-solve with parents, educators, and administrators.”

As a school board member, Cluever said she would insist on fiscal responsibility from the administration and work toward a curriculum that properly challenges students, giving them a solid foundation in order to prepare them for the future, whatever that may be.

“I can promise you that I will listen to you with respect, and give you my honest opinion, investigate the issues, and make decisions accordingly,” she wrote. “Ideas and decisions I bring forward will be in the best interest for our children and the district. Common sense conversations from the School Board, about our district need to be collectively, not only with the district administrators, but also include educators, and parents. It is also important for all of us to listen to the children to understand their successes, concerns, and their needs.”

Cluever said her phone is always on, her door is always open and she invites respectful conversation and an exchange of ideas that affect the children and educators of ISD 181.

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