Brainerd High School students in 2002 scored 20 percent higher on most of their advanced placement tests compared with students in the state and nation.
Stu Lade, Brainerd advanced placement coordinator, released the advanced placement test results Monday to the Brainerd School Board.
Of the 470 tests taken in Brainerd's 20 advanced placement classes, 83 percent of the students scored a three or higher on their test. Tests are scored ranging from one as the worst score to five as the best. Students must score a three or higher to get college credit for the advanced placement course.
In the state, 63.9 percent scored a three or higher. In the nation, 63.1 percent scored a three or higher.
In 2001, 493 tests were taken in Brainerd and 72 percent scored a three or higher.
In 2002, Brainerd advanced placement students scored better in American history, chemistry, English language and literature, Spanish, government politics, economics and physics. Students scored worse in 2002 in biology, computer science, German, statistics, psychology and art history.
In other school business, the school board:
Approved the revised 2002-03 budget with estimated expenditures $167,573 more than estimated revenue.
Awarded a bid to Gresser Concrete of Eagan for $298,000 to conduct footing and foundation work for Forestview Middle School in Baxter.
Awarded a bid to Advance Elevator Co. of Fargo, N.D., for $32,344 to rebuild the Brainerd High School elevator.
Agreed to fund a portion of a traffic study regarding Fifth Street near the high school, Mississippi Horizons and Lincoln Elementary School. Brainerd will pay $15,966 for the study while the school district will pay $5,430. The traffic study results will be used to plan routine and emergency routes.
School officials said the school district may seek to vacate a portion of College Drive from Quince Street south to South Fourth Street. It also is looking at converting South Fifth Street between Oak Street and Quince Street to a southbound one-way and Quince Street between South Fifth and South Sixth to an eastbound one-way street.
Received a report from the building committee about the construction schedule for Forestview Middle School. A 2004 opening date is the target, but variables may warrant a change in the schedule.
Superintendent Jerry Walseth said, during the building committee meeting, the administration will meet to review its options in case the school would not be ready when school begins in fall of 2004. He said one option would be to use a portion of the school while another portion is being completed.
Agreed to not grant an exception to the transportation policy for a Baxter parent, who had concerns about her daughter's bus stop.
Heard that employees in the Brainerd School District contributed $25,007 to the United Way. Last year employees donated $24,536.
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