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School board mulls name for revamped south campus

The remodeled south campus at Brainerd High School will house the programs currently at the Lincoln Education Center.

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A design rendering shows the expected exterior of Brainerd High School south campus after the upcoming construction project, which will begin this spring and wrap up by fall 2022. Designs courtesy of Wold Architects and Engineers, ICS and Brainerd Public Schools.

Once school starts in the fall, Brainerd Public Schools will begin deciding on a name for the remodeled south campus at Brainerd High School.

“We’re getting to the point where we need to make some decisions on the name for the South Campus because of signage, both inside/outside, and even the sign for when they dedicate the building. We’re trying to get most of those ordered at the same time to make it convenient,” Laine Larson told the school board Monday, Aug. 9.

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Board Chair Ruth Nelson suggested transferring the name Lincoln Education Center, as that building is set to be demolished and the programs moved to the south campus.

STARS, or Students Transition and Reach Success, Paul Bunyan Transition Plus and Level IV programs from Lincoln Education Center will all be housed on south campus.

Level IV programs provide a separate school setting for students with significant behavioral or mental health issues. Students receive additional academic, behavioral and mental health programming in this alternate setting. Paul Bunyan Transition Plus and STARS are programs for adult students with disabilities aged 18-21. These students have completed their high school education and are taking the next steps into adulthood.

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Lincoln Principal Amy Jordan said she would personally be fine with keeping the name, as that is how people know the program, but it isn’t up to her.

Board members Tom Haglin and Charles Black Lance liked the idea of convening a small group of district leaders to come up with some name options, a less extensive version of the naming process for the Gichi-Ziibi Center for the Arts.

The board agreed to include parent and student input as well, which Jordan said would be best to get once the school year starts, as parents can be notified via open houses or back-to-school letters.

The board will take up the issue once again later this fall.

In other business Monday, the board:

Authorized new hires: Noelle Bergerson, summer school teacher at Forestview Middle School; Jack Freeman, activities director at Brainerd High School; Mary Dykes, early childhood special education teacher at Warrior Early Learning Center; Annmarie Lacher, director of community education; Emily Museus, early childhood special education at Washington Education Services Building; Hannah Peterson, first grade teacher at Baxter Elementary; Ashley Simmons, special education teacher at Nisswa Elementary; Meghan Stanfield, counselor at Forestview Middle School; Luella Stelck, science teacher at Brainerd High School; Rhonda Trafas, second teacher at Nisswa Elementary; Dean Berens, custodian at Baxter Elementary; Katie Borg, assistant cook at Forestview; Taylor Franzen, assistant cook at Forestview; Troy Herron, athletic official at Forestview; Kaden Sheflo, event worker at BHS; Rose Town, districtwide occupational therapist; Jacqueline Wing, assistant cook at Forestview; Ryan Wroolie, custodian at Riverside Elementary; Emily Henderson, seventh and eighth grade girls soccer coach at Forestview; Shelley Kennedy, eighth grade girls volleyball coach at Forestview; Ellen Thomas, eight grade girls basketball coach at Forestview; Brenda Wicklund districtwide child care program assistant; John Zemke, districtwide enrichment instructor.

Approved an agreement with Lifetouch for school photographs for the next three years.

Accepted donations to the district: $52,229.72 from Brainerd Boosters for flooring at BHS; and $200 from Costco Warehouse for the food service angel fund.

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Approved the purchase of two containers of playground equipment from Midwest Playscapes and installation by Midwest Playground Contractors for the Warrior Early Learning Center at a cost not to exceed $179,983.90.

Rescheduled the Aug. 23 board meeting to noon on Aug. 25 due to a potential lack of a quorum.

Rescheduled the Sept. 27 board meeting to noon on Sept. 29 due to a potential lack of a quorum.

Scheduled a public hearing for noon Aug. 25 to consider proposed property tax abatement for several properties.


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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