Braham schools to add WiFi this summer

By Elizabeth Sias

Braham schools will soon have wireless Internet access throughout all schools in the district.

At the School Board meeting March 19, members approved proposals received for wiring the elementary school and adding WiFi throughout the district this summer.

The secondary school was wired last year, Superintendent Greg Winter said. Tech Check will wire the elementary school for $21,575, and Integra will add WiFi throughout the district for $52,440.

“We know this is something we’ll need going forward, so this a very robust system,” Winter said.

The system will run at least 30 tablets per classroom at any time, he explained.

The new wiring has PoE technology, or Power over Ethernet, which is a system to pass electrical power safely, along with data, on Ethernet cabling.


iPad use in classrooms increasing

Students and teachers are putting the district’s iPads to good use, High School Principal Justin Sawyer said.

“As we continue, more and more teachers are checking out the iPad cart, and I am continuously amazed by how quickly students master the technology.”

He showed a video of a student’s Spanish presentation made entirely on an iPad, complete with moving photos and voice-over.


School Improvement Grant

One more rewrite of the grant application needs to be completed, Officer of Turnaround Schools Mike Thompson said. In May or June, staff will make final adjustments to the grant plan for the third year of the program.

Steve Dibb, Director of School Support at the Minnesota Department of Education, visited Braham Area High School on March 20. He manages the program for all 19 schools in the SIG program.

His visit to Braham was to assess progress with the SIG through the first year and a half of the program.


In other action, the board:

  • Awarded the proposal by Burkhardt & Burkhardt, LTD, to provide the district’s annual audit services for fiscal years ending 2012, 2013 and 2014.
  • Authorized calling for bids for student transportation/bus services for the district for the 2012-2013 and 2012-2014 school years.
  • Authorized the district to remove the communications tower located on school property. Midcontinent Communications has vacated the property leased as per the lease agreement with U.S. Cable dated November 1983.