Braham School Board sets decrease for 2012 levy

At the Dec. 19 Braham School Board meeting, the motion was approved for the maximum allowable amount for the 2011 Payable 2012 Levy. That amount was set at $1.608 million, a 5.56 percent decrease from this past year.

Braham’s current school enrollment for Grades K-12 is 899 students. Early Childhood coordinator Cheryl Arnold estimated 73 Kindergarten students for Fall 2012, a number due for the State Census Report at the end of this month.

Retiring Board members honored

District 314 Board Chairman Steve Eklund and Supt. Greg Winter both spoke glowingly about the three members retiring from the board after this final 2011 meeting. Lowell Luebeck (three terms), Dan Klemz (two terms) and Craig Hammond (one term) were presented framed Certificates of Appreciation from the district.

“All three spent numerous hours and nights serving the board, both at the regular meetings and for their committee responsibilities, helping make our schools better,” said Eklund.


Academic programs at work

In their various reports at the meeting, District 314 administrators touched on academic programs that are in place this school year. Braham Elementary Principal Randy Pauly said his school’s Targeted Services is working with 109 students in Grades 1-8. Also at the Nov. 23 staff half-day workshop, the BES Literacy Program was reviewed.

Braham High Principal Justin Sawyer stated the teacher’s Peer Coaching program is rolling, with teachers video-taping themselves working with students, then the tape is reviewed with a coaching group. Assistant Principal Judy Adams said she and Krista McNally are working with seniors who are currently failing classes before and after school hours, along with communicating with those students’ parents.

Regarding the School Improvement Grant (SIG), OTAS representative Mike Thompson reported that two monitoring visits were held in December with representatives from the Minnesota Department of Education. The district’s second quarterly Interim Progress Report was completed and sent to the department.

Braund, Sorenson-Giffrow Braham’s Triple A reps

Adams also reported that seniors Cameron Braund and Kelsey Sorenson-Giffrow were selected as Braham’s 2012 representatives in the Academics, Arts & Athletics (Triple A) Award competition. Sorenson-Giffrow, the BHS Student Council representative at the Dec. 19 board meeting, said the council raised a good amount of food items and money donations for the annual Food Drive. Next on the agenda are plans for a strong “Pennies for Patients” campaign starting early next year.


Community Ed Advisory
members sought

Community Education Director Arnold said the Community Ed Advisory Council is looking for new members; the council’s next meeting is Thursday, Jan. 12 (6-7:30 p.m.) at Braham Elementary. She added that the Community Ed Winter/Spring brochures will be delivered to Braham residents within the first two weeks of January.

Next meetings: 2012 Organizational Meeting Monday, Jan. 9 (7 p.m.); regular meeting Monday, Jan. 23 (7 p.m.).

– By Greg Hunt