Braham implements anti-bullying methods

By Elizabeth Sias

The Braham Area School District is moving forward with implementing anti-bullying techniques throughout its classrooms and hallways.

During the school board meeting Monday, Nov. 21, board members heard reports from the elementary school principal and high school assistant principal on anti-bullying resources.

Elementary School Principal Randy Pauly attended an anti-bullying conference in Bloomington at the end of October, which he said presented specific ideas and actions that can be taken in school.

The fifth grade teachers finished a two-part program recently, which integrated group discussion into the viewing of a motion picture that centered on bullying behavior in a school. Teachers helped students identify the behavior they were seeing in the video and make connections to what they see and experience in their daily lives.

CLIMB Theater is scheduled to visit the elementary school and do a program for the third through sixth grade students on Monday, Dec. 5. The program, called “Bystander,” focuses on empowering students to positively react to incidents of bullying in their day.

At the high school, the focus for the next few months will be bullying seminars, Assistant Principal Judy Adams reported. Posters have been displayed around the building, with presentations planned for seventh through 12th grade students.


School Improvement Grant (SIG)

On Dec. 1, Dave Doty, grant monitor from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), will be at the high school to review grant files.

Doty will interview administrators, members of the teaching staff, student body representatives and several parents. He will also review the SIG financial files. A written evaluation report will be sent to the school district following Doty’s review.

On Dec. 8, a team from MDE will be present in the high school to meet with administration in regard to the progress of the SIG work plan for this year. The meeting is based on a stipulation of the grant approval for this year.

Based upon the results of the Dec. 8 meeting, the school may have to modify the SIG work plan for the rest of this school year, and possibly the final year of the grant.

In other action, the board:

• Accepted donations for the football scoreboard totaling $11,815.

• Approved capital facility projects for summer 2012. The five-year roofing repair plan includes roofing over the north gym, music department, media center and more.

• Reviewed the fiscal year 2011 school district audit report, which was tabled for consideration at the December school board meeting.

The next school board meeting is Monday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at Braham Area High School. Consideration of the final 2011 payable 2012 property tax levy will be an item on the meeting agenda. Anyone with questions regarding the school district’s property tax levy are encouraged to attend this meeting.