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Board Highlights – August 13 Regular Meeting

Centaur Spirit recognition

Josh Fraser, principal of Brooklyn Center Middle and High STEAM, recognized Tammy Albers, director of human resources, for her dedicated work helping hire new staff. Josh also recognized Dave Paulson, head custodian at BCS, for preparing classrooms for teachers to return. Josh also gave a shout out to the summer school staff, especially Michael Reed and Tiana Lee, for their support of the LEAP program. 

Jim Langevin, director of operations, recognized the custodial staff at Earle Brown Elementary STEAM and BCS to get the buildings ready and presentable so staff can put their best foot forward at open houses and beyond.

Randy Koch, principal of EB, recognized Tammy Albers, director of human resources, for helping hire 25 staff. Randy also recognized Brian Toutge for helping interview nearly every hire this summer. 

Patrice Howard, director of community schools and engagement, recognized Tashawna Williams, community schools site coordinator. Tashawna was the first to volunteer for the annual weekend retreat to Timber Bay. Families expressed positive feedback of this year’s retreat. Patrice also recognized Stephanie Ptak, Health Resource Center coordinator, for stepping up to full time in her role so we can best serve the needs of our community. 

Jessica Richter, director of early learning, gave a shout out to Amy Bednar, early learning secretary. During this summer, Amy has been scheduling screenings, enrolling students and providing excellent customer service, doing everything with a smile on her face. Amy is also helping to improve processes and is open to new ideas to benefit our families. 

Tammy Albers, director of human resources, recognized Michelle Auld for her work as the wellness coordinator. Michelle exercises patience as we adapt to the changes in the Wellness policy and helps breaks things down for staff so the change is manageable. 

Lindsey Horowitz, director of special services, recognized staff from the birth-2 team, including Hannah Krejci, Jamie Ebsen and Melissa Hoffman. Birth-2 services are year round and the staff has conducted tireless amounts of home visits to build great connections with our students. Melissa also helped early learning conduct screenings. 

Student Showcase – LEAP

Josh Fraser, principal of BCS, introduced Michael Reed, lead staff member of summer programming. 

This year, LEAP grew and attracted half of the middle school, including the majority of sixth grade students. In total, 230 students were enrolled in LEAP. Staff are encouraged to be creative to help students accelerate in their work and find a love of learning. The three courses in LEAP included a reading for pleasure course, a math course and an exploration course. In addition to LEAP, 77 high school students attended APEX credit recovery, which resulted in five additional graduates to the class of 2018. 

Incoming 9th grade students Samdi Williams and Egan Moua shared their experience in Peter Springer’s science course. They learned about DNA and the difference between animal and plant cells. 


Safety Management – Jim Langevin

Jim Langevin, operations director, presented an overview of safety and crisis management in the district. Goals for this year include:

  • Update security manual
  • Systematize the safety protocol followed across the district
  • Update and renew off-site evacuation locations for sites
  • Review safety and implement audit recommendations
  • Building-level practice
  • 1 unannounced lockdown drill per site
  • Complete an online Google drill record form
  • Re-establish district-wide safety committee

Jim also mentioned proactive and progressive safety and crisis management as a top priority. 

Construction – Von Peterson

Von Peterson, TSP Architects design lead, shared a construction project update.

Designs for BCS were completed at the end of June. A bid for contractors will go out in the beginning of September for construction work to begin in January. Designs for Earle Brown were also completed this summer. Bids will be issued the beginning of November with construction beginning in summer 2019. More timelines and updates will be shared with the community throughout the construction process.