To both earn extra revenue and help out another school, the Brainerd School Board approved a joint food services agreement between the school district and Discovery Woods Montessori School.
Under the agreement, which board members passed Monday, June 10, the school district would be in charge of food and day-to-day food service operations for Discovery Woods, while Discovery Woods would take on licensing, collecting payments and purchasing large equipment.
The agreement takes the burden of Discovery Woods to contract with a restaurant for food services, Alissa Thompson, director of food services at Brainerd, said Monday.
The cost to the district is $90,000, with revenue estimated at $121,000, adding up to a $31,000 net gain for the Brainerd School District. Included in that cost is an additional benefited employee working six and a half hours a day, five days a week.
Three other food service changes Thompson noted affect student accounts, Lincoln Education Center and Fun 'N' Friends.
The district's food service program will change from family-based accounts to student-based accounts, beginning July 1. The single-payer system, Thompson said, will help with efficiency on the district's end.
Lincoln Education Center, she said, has qualified for the state's community eligibility provision program, meaning all students in the building will receive free breakfast and lunch.
At Fun 'N' Friends, the district's after-school program, community education currently charges a snack fee included in the enrollment fee. With the aid of federal funding, though, students will receive a free snack as part of the after-school at-risk food service snack program.
In other business Monday, the school board:
Authorized the hiring of: Amy Jordan, principal at Lincoln Education Center, a new position the board agreed to add; Kristine Anderson, science teacher at Brainerd High School; Michelle Bjorklund, seventh grade language arts teacher at Forestview Middle School; Cody Ewald, music teacher at Baxter Elementary; Katie Mains, special education teacher at Garfield Elementary; Sam Olson, English teacher at BHS; Rebecca Smieja, family and consumer science teacher at BHS; Amy Smith, special education teacher at Garfield Elementary; Gracie Stumpf, first grade teacher at Baxter Elementary; Brady Sykora, special education teacher at Forestview; and Katie Holz, district interpreter.
Approved the following resignations and retirements: Alissa Anderson, early childhood special education teacher, resignation; Wendy DeGeest, early childhood special education teacher, retirement; Karen Hermanson, second teacher at Baxter Elementary, retirement; Kristine Ross, art teacher at Brainerd Learning Center, retirement; Landy DeRosier, special education paraprofessional at Garfield Elementary, resignation; Candy Elmore, food service at Nisswa Elementary, resignation; Wendy Johnson, special education paraprofessional at FMS, resignation; and Pam Korte, special education paraprofessional at Washington Educational Services Building, retirement.
Approved a field trip application for selected students to attend the Nobel Conference on climate change Sept. 24-25 in St. Peter.
Accepted the following donations: $300 from the Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today for early childhood scholarships; $10 from Box Tops for Education for student programs at the Brainerd Learning Center; $440.79 from Hy-Tec Construction for hard hats and stickers for groundbreaking ceremonies; $210 from Daniel Brodin for Garfield Elementary; $20 from Gamello-Pearson PLLC law firm for student activities at Garfield Elementary; $200 from Scott Parsons for a community education driving simulator replacement; and $80 from Edgewood Senior Living for student lunches at Riverside.
Amended the district's fiber optic lease agreement with Consolidated Telecommunications Co. to last an additional 10 years. This agreement, which began May 2004, covers the installation and maintenance of a dark fiber optic network between certain district-owned buildings. As part of the agreement, CTC will add extra fiber in the district as well.
Rescheduled the June 24 board meeting to 4:30 p.m. June 26.
Rescheduled the July 8 board meeting to 6 p.m. July 15.