The Brainerd School District received a $125,000 grant to use technology in the physical education program.
The Brainerd School Board heard from Coleen Carder and Mark Embretson, high school physical education teachers, Monday on a pilot program that the school is using from Jan. 15 to June 30. The grant is being used to teach students how to accurately assess their own physical fitness and skills and apply the data. The students use a pedometer, heart rate monitors and digital video cameras to gather the data.
The pilot sites in the district for the program are at Lincoln, Riverside and Whittier elementary schools, Washington Middle School, Mississippi Horizons, Franklin Junior High and Brainerd High School.
The students wear a pedometer on their waist that keeps track of the students' activity and the number of steps the person takes.
Shirley Lintner, physical education teacher at Lincoln, has the students keep track of their steps and mileage and pretend to travel to a destination by marking their travel on a map. A portion of the students are walking to California and the other half are going to Disney World in Florida. The students mark their miles with a string and tack that shows how far they have gone.
"It's been fun," said Lintner. "They use their math and geography skills."
This program helps meet the physical education graduation standards, said Embretson.
Embretson and Carder would like to create community support for physical education through presentations to service organizations and to increase the number of physical education teachers using the technology applications. They plan to research additional funding options to equip more schools with the technology.
The following were hired for the 2001-02 school year: Charles Carlson, instrumental music teacher; William Elwell, secondary social studies teacher; Erich Heise, assistant high school principal; Shane Jordan, Colleen Manninen and Mary Kroll, special education positions; Craig Karnitz, elementary physical education teacher; Guy Kelm and Marti Sauer, elementary teachers; Aubrey Koman, secondary English teacher; and Nicole Nelson, junior high mathematics teacher.
Patricia Dullum, elementary music teacher, resigned effective May 31.
Two class field trips were approved. The advanced placement art history class field trip will be May 19-21 and the class will visit museums in Milwaukee and Chicago. The 13 students also will see the Frank Lloyd Wright House and the Oak Park neighborhood. The class raised money for the trip by filling the pop machines one night a week.
The second trip was approved for 2002 for the World Language class.
An agreement with the Minnesota Department of Human Services was approved. The contract is to prepare meals for students at the Minnesota Learning Center. The rate per meal increased from $4.14 to $4.32.
The Initiative Foundation awarded $10,000 to the Nisswa library project.
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