Fifth-graders at Whittier Elementary School will be packing their bags in October.
As part of a $3,000 environmental learning partners grant from the Blandin Foundation, two fifth-grade classes at the school will participate in a three-day, overnight learning experience at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack.
The Brainerd School Board Monday approved the trip scheduled for Oct. 25-27. Almost 50 students and six adult chaperones will attend.
The students will be studying a broad range of topics, including earth sciences, environmental stewardship, wildlife and aquatics. The cost of the trip will cost $75 per student for lodging and food. Along with the grant, the school has a commitment of an additional $3,000 from its Parent Teacher Organization to cover expenses, so the cost to individual students will be minimal.
The studies at Deep Portage closely align with the Minnesota graduation standards.
"We are excited about this opportunity," said Pat Altrichter, Whittier principal. "With this grant, our students will have experiences they'll never forget. We will expand on what they learned as we bring those experiences back to the classroom."
Several teachers were hired for the 2000-01 school year, including Cherie Cleveland, secondary English; Wade Haapajoki and James Kath, special education; Tyanne Guida-Rezac, media specialist/Reading Recovery; Dawn Razidlo, learning disabled; and Lisa Lindley, Marti Sauer and Pamela Warren, elementary teachers.
Cindy O'Grady was hired Aug. 10 in the food service area. Lisa Trout was hired as a secretary at Lincoln Elementary and will start Aug. 25.
Resignations were accepted from Amy Biren, secondary social studies; Kari Sinotte, elementary; and Cynthia Riedel and Berta Williams, food service.
Starting this year the district will use common pick-up and drop-off points, where it is safe for students to congregate from up to three blocks away, at Baxter Elementary. This change will create consistency in transportation service between Brainerd and Baxter and will provide more efficient routes, said Steve Dickinson, business manager.
Door-to-door stops will still be done on roads where it would not be safe to do a common stop.
The board approved a two-year contract with the Minnesota Department of Health for $2,500 for kitchen inspections. Also agreed to a contract with Crow Wing County for space at the new Crow Wing County Detention Center.
A final agreement between the district and the custodians union, Local No. 49, for 2000-02 was approved. A tentative agreement was made in June and the final one has one change. In the final contract settlement, a 10.86 percent overall cost increase will be given to employees over the two-year period. This increase includes changing weekend checks to an hourly rate, a stipend for boiler licenses, salary steps for longevity and a 3 percent salary increase on the top step.
The board sold a one-acre parcel in Garrison Township to Anderson Brothers for $2,100.
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