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Board Highlights – October 8 Regular Meeting

Brooklyn Center Community Schools’ School Board met for a regular meeting on Monday, October 8, 2018. These are the highlights.


Josh Fraser, principal of Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM, recognized security monitors Lesley Krause, Eric Gaye, Dorris Carter-Murry and Charles Dawson for building relationships with students and ensuring they get to class on time.

Michelle Ford, director of data and accountability, recognized Nasreen Fynewever, dean at BCS, for embodying our core value of building relationships built on mutual trust. Nasreen is frequently high fiving kids, building relationships with students, staff and families and provides timely data reporting.

Patrice Howard, director of community schools and engagement, recognized Bright Start staff members Kalen Davis and Pang Thao for walking with students and being patient. They are exploring their own talents and expressing their creativity while flourishing as youth workers.

Randy Koch, principal of Earle Brown Elementary STEAM, recognized assistant principals Penny Dupris and Jeff Wilson and Helana Crushshon, dean. Dupris and Wilson were hired five days before school started and immediately hit the ground running. Their trajectory of learning has been incredible and they have a strong focus on relationship building.

Lindsey Horowitz, director of special services, recognized the district’s health staff, including Debbie Erickson, lead nurse; Jessica Nelson, BCS nurse; Jennifer Levy, EBE health assistant; and Dorene Thomas, BCS health assistant. They have shown a unique ability to connect with students and get their needs met so students felt heard and honored. Debbie has set the tone for the success of our students with the health services staff. Horowitz also recognized Michelle DeRemer, special education teacher at BCS, for making connections with employment/training opportunities for our students who are ages 14-21. Michelle stepped right in to learn other available opportunities for our students.

Michelle DeRemer

Michelle DeRemer (left) and Angela Nelson, social worker at EBE, at the SPED Connections Night this fall.

John Solomon, board director, recognized Nan Yurecko, executive director of teaching and learning, for her work completing the Minnesota Department of Human Rights report. She worked hard on creating the report and set the standard for how we’re going to best meet student needs.

Ruthie Dallas, board chair, acknowledged Patrice Howard for her work in the district and wished her congratulations in her new position with Minneapolis Public Schools.

Nan Yurecko recognized Silvy Lafayette, assistant principal at BCS; Anthony Scott, dean at BCS; Dann Roberts, alternative to suspension coordinator; and Josh Fraser, principal at BCS, for going above and beyond to help coordinate the middle school and high school student focus groups to inform our DHR plan. Their leadership and meaningful relationships with students is the reason the groups went so well.

Jessica Richter, director of early learning, recognized Luann Wood, preK teacher, and Melissa Hoffman, ECSE teacher, for co-teaching for the first year together and being team players at all times. They are also true models of caring relationships with high expectations and partnering with students and families to benefit all.

Tammy Albers, director of human resources, recognized Yer Winder, the recently hired HR Generalist. Yer has a ton of positive energy and a natural enthusiasm for HR. She has immediately added value by stepping in to support new hire onboarding and recruiting. Yer is a fast learner with a solid human resources knowledge base. We are so fortunate to have her join the BCCS team.

Jim Langevin, director of operations, recognized the transportation crew for safely transporting all students on a daily basis during the first month of school.


Early Learning
PreK Earle Award

Jessica Richter, director of early learning, presented information about PreK and the core values commitment with Marcy Smith, pre-kindergarten associate educator and Gjenifer Ghodge, social worker. Tonya, a parent with a child who has been in the early learning program, recognized Mrs. Wood and other staff for teaching parents how they can teach their children at home. Her son Adalay received the Earle Award last school year for most improved behavior. Adalay is in kindergarten at Earle Brown this year. Patricia, another parent of children who have participated in the early learning program, said staff members have helped her and their children grow further at home. Her daughter Kari received the Earle Award last year during her birthday month and shortly after a fire in their home. The award helped Kari see her success as a student.


Early learning students


Achievement of Continuing Contract

Ten BCCS staff members were recognized for their continuing contracts during the school board meeting. Congratulations to the following staff members and thank you for being part of the BCCS community!

  • BCS
    • Monique Tweh, social worker
    • Michael Reed, STEAM Coordinator
    • Lars Ericson, English teacher
    • Chloe Cotherman, art teacher
    • Kimberly Davis, Spanish teacher
  • Earle Brown
    • Laura Edwards, kindergarten teacher
    • Yoon Kee Tan, English language teacher
    • Danielle Hillsdale, second grade teacher
  • ECA
    • Josiah Moore, English teacher
  • Early Childhood Special Ed
    • Jamie Ebsen, ECSE teacher


World's Best Workforce
Michelle Ford, director of data and accountability, presented the annual update to the district’s World Best Workforce report. Click here to view this year’s World’s Best Workforce update.

Access Data
Jena Carlson, coordinator of English learners and continuous improvement, presented an update about Access data in the district.


The board took action on the following items:

  • Approved a resolution of declaration of Columbus Day not being recognized as a holiday
  • Approved the resolution for the moratorium on grades K-2 suspensions
  • Approved a motion to adjust the finals schedule at Brooklyn Center Middle and High School STEAM on the calendar
  • Approved the resolution to continuing contract status
  • Approved the first reading of the following revised board policies:
    • 210 Conflict of Interest School Board Members
    • 211 Criminal or Civil Action Against School District
    • 213 School Board Committees
    • 307 Emergency Closure Policy
    • 416 Drug and Alcohol Testing
    • 533 Wellness
    • 614 School District Testing Plan and Procedure
  • Approved the resolution for property tax abatement for parking lot reconstruction projects
  • Approved the resolution for the general obligation tax abatement bond