Braham elementary school principal resigns

Randy Pauly accepts position as Isanti Middle School principal 

The Braham School Board accepted the resignation of Braham Elementary School Principal Randy Pauly at its meeting June 18.

Pauly accepted a position as principal of Isanti Middle School and Minnesota Center, where he begins July 1 with a salary of $102,000. The Cambridge-Isanti School Board will officially act on the hiring at its regular meeting June 21.

Randy Pauly resigned from his position as Braham Elementary School Principal. He will begin as principal with the Cambridge-Isanti School District pending C-I Board action June 21. Photo by Elizabeth Sias

“This was an opportunity I really couldn’t pass up,” Pauly said. “I’m absolutely sad to leave Braham. This has been my home for six years. It’s bittersweet. We’ve done a lot here. Things aren’t done yet, but I think I was able to bring us a little further than where we already were, and we’re still doing really well and meeting the challenges ahead of us. I think we’re set up for success here on into the future.”

School Board Chair Steven Eklund thanked Pauly on behalf of the Braham Area School District for his years of service and wished Pauly luck with his new position.

“You’ve been a huge asset to Braham Elementary and to the entire community,” School Board Member Zane Braund said.

Pauly received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and his principal licensure from St. Mary’s University.

“I really appreciate the opportunities I’ve had here over the last six years,” Pauly said. “I think I brought a lot here and I got so much out of the community and the schools here.”

The school district will immediately begin the search for a new elementary school principal to start in July.

Breakfast and lunch prices increase

The Board approved a 10 cent increase in school lunch prices for the 2012-2013 school year as recommended by Food Service Director Donna Bryant.

The new lunch price will be $2.10 for K-4 and $2.25 or grades 5-12.

The breakfast price increased to $1 for K-12, going up 20 cents for K-4 and 10 cents for grades 5-12.

The increase is necessary to be in compliance with the paid lunch equity (PLE) provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which requires school fund authorities to ensure each year that sufficient funds are provided to the food service account for paid lunches.

The current PLE is $2.45, which means lunch prices in Braham will again increase 10 cents each year for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.

The free and reduced price lunch program will continue to be available for students of low income families.

In other action, the board:

• Approved the two-year custodial contract with a total package increase of 3.94 percent and the food service contract with a 3.93 percent increase.

• Approved the bid by SCR of St. Cloud for miscellaneous summer 2012 mechanical improvements for a total project cost of $555,500.

• Approved a request by Band Director Bryan Johnson to send a marching band to a parade competition in Floodwood, Minn. in July for a chance to win a $2,000 first prize or $500 second prize. The school district will pay to bus the students to and from Floodwood, provided they reimburse the district if they win the competition.

• Approved the proposed 2012-2013 budget with $10.2 million in revenue and $11.4 million in expenditures.