13 Brainerd teachers obtain tenure

“It’s always extremely exciting for me,” Superintendent Laine Larson said at the school board meeting on Monday, May 24, before board members approved the term.

“Getting a job is truly a great achievement in a teacher’s professional career, and I want to congratulate all of them,” Larson added. “And we will send letters on behalf of the school board saying, ‘Well done, congratulations and thank you for your commitment to the children and for making a difference in the lives of our future. “”

Teachers in Brainerd public schools are tenured after three exceptional years of teaching in the district or after one year if they were previously tenured in another district. Gaining tenure means that teachers can only be dismissed for a justifiable reason or under extreme circumstances.

The incumbents are: Todd Blowers, Tess Capelle, Tanika Clements, Tammy Exum, Jennifer Fundine, Wynter Hopson, Brett Johnson, Courtney Miltimore, Lorry Parrish, Suzanne Rye, Christine Tangen, Amanda Toft and Cara White.

Board Chairman Bob Nystrom added his own note of gratitude to the 13 teachers.

“Congratulations to all these teachers,” he said. “They have worked hard and we are so grateful for the work they are doing.”

In the other days of Monday, the council:

New hires approved: Tanika Clements, technology and STEM integrationist at Baxter Elementary School (transfer); Tonya Dill, grade eight language arts teacher at Forestview Middle School; Lorie Duevel, teacher specializing in autism spectrum disorders in special education at Brainerd high school; Courtney Haugstad, district nurse in Forestview; Bethany Maus, professor of agriculture at BHS; Austin Polcaro, physical education teacher at Riverside Elementary; Joselyn Rhein, occupational therapist at the Paul Bunyan education cooperative; Alaine Sandberg, Specialist Transition Educator and Teacher at Lincoln Education Center; Brittney Sanders, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders teacher at Forestview; Emma Webster, Autism Spectrum Disorder Special Education Teacher at Baxter Elementary School; Hannah Habermann, District Alternate Paraprofessional; Brenna Hansen, secretary of adult basic education at Forestview; Allec Hins district-wide, part-time guardian substitute; Theresa Krutchen, nurse at Lowell Elementary School; Joshua Larson, part-time district-wide guardian; Raven Mitchell, part-time district-wide guardian; Lacey Reynolds, supervisor of the child care site at the Washington Educational Services Building; Gregory Springer, event worker at BHS; and Laurie Stephens, District Assistant Cook.

Approved the hiring of Child Care Program Assistants: Marbeth Abraham, Oliver Bengtson, Jennifer Caughey, Pam Cook, Leanne Hansen, Marcie Hoffman, Bailey Schuler, Mary Stumm and Laura Wells.

Donations accepted to the district: $ 200 from Brainerd Lakes Area Woman of Today for early childhood and family scholarships; $ 13,700 from Brainerd Blue Line Boosters for the BHS hockey program; and $ 8,570.03 from the Brainerd Warrior Football Association for the BHS football program.

Safety and security approved changes to BHS with the project not exceeding $ 58,005.42. The work involves updates to the security system to obtain all key cards, doors, etc. throughout the building on the same system.

Approved schematic designs for a renovation of the A-wing of the high school, which includes the addition of common learning areas and updated spaces for the offices of science, language arts, special education and Northern Pines Mental Health.

Accepted proposals from All State Communications for access control and video surveillance systems at Lowell, Garfield and Riverside Elementary Schools, for a total cost of no more than $ 340,732.

Dissolution of cooperative sponsorship with the Pillager School District for the wrestling program, as Pillager currently has no high school wrestlers and is working to move many of his co-op agreements south to Little Falls.

THERESA BOURKE can be contacted at [email protected] or 218-855-5860. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DispatchTheresa.

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