Braham School Board declares vacancy due to resignation

At its June 19 meeting, the Braham Area School Board set in motion the process to fill the position vacated by the resignation of Robert Wyganowski who recently moved from the district, making him ineligible to serve.

A special election has been set for Nov. 7 to fill the vacancy for the term, which will expire in January 2020. This coincides with the general election for three members of the board.

In a related action, the board appointed Robert Hughes to an interim position until the special election. Hughes previously served on the board from 2012-2015 and Wyganowski had been on the board for the past two years.

The board also set Aug. 1-15 as the dates for filing affidavits of candidacy for the special election and the general election.

Candidates for either the partial or regular terms must be an eligible voter, at least 21 years of age on assuming office, a resident of the district for 30 days prior to the Nov. 7 election and not a convicted sex offender.

Affidavits for candidacy must be filed in the district office and a filing fee of $2 must be paid by 5 p.m. Aug. 15.

The board approved the final budget for fiscal year 2018 including anticipated revenue of $9.4 million and expenditures of $9.6 million. The revenue side is nearly the same as the current fiscal year and the expenditure side is approximately 10 percent less than the current year.

Upon recommendation of Food Service Director Donna Bryant, the board approved slight cost increases in four meal categories for the upcoming school year. The prekindergarten through 12th-grade breakfast price will increase by 25 cents to $1.50, and lunch will get a 10 cent increase to $2.60. The adult breakfast will increase a quarter to $2 and lunch will increase by 50 cents to $4.

These increases puts the district in compliance with recommendations in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which authorizes funding and sets policy for the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

In other action the board:
• Received resignations from Tiffany Flogel as high school business teacher after three years with the district and Jennifer Lundin as coordinator of the spelling bee; approved Alex Sundly as fifth- and sixth-grade special education teacher for 2017-18, Nicole Zimpel as junior high volleyball coach, Jay Sparling and Aitor Leniz as temporary seasonal grounds workers, Rebecca Swanson as half-time long-term science teacher, and the following as Bomber Boost Teachers for summer 2017: Brea Schminski, JeanAnn Mattson, Tracy Fix and Jolene Klemz. Three changes were also approved for the hours of food service workers: Heidi Hecht increased from 2.5 to 2.75; Melinda Husnick decreased from 5.75 to 5.5 and Sarah Tilkins-Rogstad increased from 5.75 to 6.

• Acknowledged donations of $1,000 from Allina Health-Cambridge Medical Center for the climbing wall at the elementary school and an anonymous gift of $1,280 for activities posters.

• Heard Superintendent Ken Gagner’s update on the Braham Education Foundation, which it is hoped will unify efforts for funding support in the district. Officers of the foundation are Tim Nelson, chair; Terry Turnquist, vice chair; Kelby Jennissen, treasurer; and Stephanie White, secretary.

• Approved the employment of board member Mike Thompson as an on-call substitute teacher and test monitor in the district. Under state law, a board member may be employed by the district only if compensation for that employment does not exceed $8,000 in a fiscal year.

• Authorized the sale of the district’s old baseball field at the corner of Third Street Northwest and Elmhurst Avenue, which is no longer needed, and approved the property survey and a price setting.
– The next School Board will be 7 p.m. July 17.

Braham honors recipients
At its June 19 meeting, the Braham Area School Board acknowledged the following for Braham honors recipients in the month of May:
– Lee Kreyer, Eli Dean, Luke Becker and Jane Goodson for chaperoning two overnight trips to Detroit and Brainerd for the Supermileage Team competition.
– Alec Downing, Luke Bendickson, Zach Anderson, Josh Klingensmith, Lauren Kreyer, Isabelle Dorsey, Savannah Clifford, Destiny Roeschlein, Halie Jones, Kiya Moske, Ashley Davis and Elenore Taylor for their achievements in earning superior ratings in Minnesota State High School League solo, ensemble band and choir competitions.
– Maddie Altendorf for volunteer efforts in support of the softball team for the 2017 season.
– April White, Becky Hesselroth, Candy Hart, Carrie Davis, DeeAnna Schmakel, Heather Ruppert, Heather Sward, Jennifer Ollestad, Joan Schleicher, Julie Merchlewicz, Lisa Bremer, Sara King, Sue Riesing, Tina Heidelberger and Tracy Erickson for their participation in the Braham Elementary Parent Organization.
– Amelia Fiedler, Emma Downing and Samantha Hansen for being chosen as Braham ambassadors.
– Alex Kurvers, Emma Downing and Hunter Richmond for earning trips to the Minnesota State High School League state golf tournament.
– Hannah Cornelius for earning a trip to the Minnesota State High School League state track and field meet in the 400 meters.
–Robert Wyganowski for his service on the board.