The public is invited to tour Forestview Middle School next week, Superintendent Jerry Walseth told Brainerd School Board members Monday.
Tours are planned to start at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Sept. 21 at the middle school, which is slated to open in January. Those who wish to tour the school should show up by 5:15 p.m., Walseth said. The last tour will begin at 5:45 p.m. and be completed by 6:30 p.m.
Walseth said other area service organizations are scheduled to tour the new school. Construction on the school is running on time and set for completion by Nov. 1.
The board Monday also designated 60 acres surrounding Forestview as a school forest. Board member Kent Montgomery said the school will integrate forest ecology and education into its curriculum and create a trail system that can be used by the community.
A task force has been working on a comprehensive plan for forest management, said Montgomery. He said the school forest includes six wetlands areas that cannot be built on.
In other school board action, the board approved the 2004-2006 contracts with interpreters, food service staff, educational assistants and clerical-secretarial staff. The interpreter's contract agreement reached Aug. 27 calls for an increase of 3.51 percent over the built-in cost of the employee group for the two-year contract term. This includes a 2.9 percent wage increase this school year, a 0 percent wage increase in 2005-2006 and a longevity pay schedule to begin in 2005-2006. The food service contract agreement reached Sept. 1 calls for an increase of 4.29 percent over the built-in cost of the employee group for the two-year contract term. This includes a 2.25 percent wage increase for this school year and a 2.6 percent wage increase for 2005-2006. The educational assistants' contract agreement reached Aug. 31 calls for an increase of 4.6 percent over the built-in cost of the employee group for the two-year contract term. This includes a 2 percent wage increase for this school year, a 2 percent wage increase for 2005-2006 and a longevity pay schedule. The clerical-secretarial contract agreement was reached Sept. 1 and calls for a 5.04 percent increase over the built-in cost for 2004-2005 and a 2 percent wage increase for 2005-2006. The clerical-secretarial contract was approved contingent on the union's ratification of the tentative agreement, which is scheduled for Sept. 23.
The board approved two easements for driveways to Knollwood Road near Forestview for two property owners, Russell and Laurie Bjerke and Allan and Phyllis Wikstrom.
Overnight field trips for FFA members to attend the National FFA convention Oct. 26-31 in Louisville, Ky., and the state FFA convention April 24-26 in St. Paul were approved.
Open enrollment for the ninth grade was closed for the 2004-2005 school year due to the large grade size.
New Community Education Advisory Council members were appointed by the board. They include Keith Binggeli, Shelli Urness, Patty Hartman, Laurie Wig, Carrie Lowe and Rebecca Beckerleg.
The board heard a presentation from Heidi Funk and Randy Hansen of the United Way.
Assistant Superintendent Gary Phillips shared information about the Elk River Area School District, which is using a modified version of the Brainerd School District's Beginning Teacher Support System program.
Walseth praised the district's food service workers for their efforts in getting students fed while the food service computer system had technical difficulties during the first few days of school last week, particularly at the high school where lunch was free for students Wednesday because of the computer slowdown. Walseth said Phillips observed lunch at the high school Monday and everyone was fed and through the line with 15 minutes to spare during each of the two 36-minute lunch periods. Another station was added in the high school cafeteria to attempt to further speed up the process. This year for the first time BHS students have a closed campus, meaning they can't leave the building during their lunch period. The food service staff has had to accommodate hundreds of extra students for lunch.
School officials are exploring the possibility of selling advertising space on school property, like on scoreboards, to bring in additional revenue. Other school districts sell advertising space at sporting events.
The board accepted the following certified resignations: Jeanette Smith, director/coordinator, Nisswa Children's Library; Melanie Guida, Early Childhood Family Education teacher; and Lori Ostman, speech/language pathologist.
Non-teaching resignations were approved for Daniel Kellander, Delores Burnell, Paula Gabrick, Lori Guin, Diane Hardy, Cheryl Houde, Virginia Lupella and Susan Weber, all educational assistants; Terri Croak and Heather Jensen, noon aides; Diane Jackson, food service; and Robert Voels, custodian.
New certified employees include: Jennifer Aust, English teacher; Patti Cloutier, school psychologist; Derek Hendrickson, special education teacher; Beth Karnitz, elementary teacher; Kristin Koestler, special education teacher; Stephanie Snidarich, elementary art teacher; and Judith Slayton-Wilson and Paul Klinefelter, substitute teachers.
New non-teaching employees include: Kathy Bahma, educational assistant in transportation; Clint Baker, Lowell noon aide; Karen Danielson, Mississippi Horizons noon aide; Julie Eberle, Franklin educational assistant; Beth Hanson, Lowell noon aide; Timothy Hill, Franklin educational assistant; Charles Koob, Whittier educational assistant; Joni Lamb, MLC educational assistant; Crystal Mankowski and Tammy Mankowski, educational assistants in transportation; Sheri Steinke, MLC educational assistant; and Charlotte Stokes, Lincoln educational assistant.
Leave of absence requests were approved for the following staff members: Heather Larson, Aimee Jambor, Dawn Razidlo and Laurie Sweeney.
A non-teaching resignation from Deb Johnson, educational assistant in transportation, was rescinded.
JODIE TWEED can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5858.
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