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School Board Highlights – February 11, 2019 Regular Meeting

Brooklyn Center Community Schools’ School Board met for an organizational and regular meeting on Monday, February 11, 2019. These are the highlights.


During the regular meeting on Monday, February 11, 2019, the board approved calendars for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. Click here to view the calendars.



Michelle Ford, director of data and accountability, recognized all of the work that went into the opening of south campus. She also recognized the communication to families about school closings due to weather.

Tammy Albers, director of human resources, recognized the transportation department for ensuring staff can safely access buildings and providing safe rides to school for our students. Tammy also recognized Rashawn (Shawn) Williams, Bright Start supervisor. Shawn joined Brooklyn Center last June in the midst of many changes in the Bright Start program and staffing in addition to numerous changes in the Community Engagement umbrella. Shawn has demonstrated that he is resourceful, can find answers and problem solve. All the while he continues to do this with a positive can-do attitude.

Jena Carlson, director of curriculum and instruction, recognized Marci Levy-Maguire, data/assessment coordinator at EBE, and Jodi Tholen, data/assessment coordinator at BCS. With all of the recent weather closings, Marci and Jodi have done a great job of rescheduling ACCESS testing for students.

Jim Langevin, director of operations, recognized Josh Fraser, principal at BCS, and BCS staff for their work opening the south campus. BCS staff have put in tireless hours getting the building ready for students and they have been understanding and flexible during the process.

Jeff Wilson, principal of EBE, recognized the entire custodial team. Every day, they are working to keep the classrooms, offices, hallways, cafeteria and bathrooms clean. They have been relentless putting down salt and shoveling the walkways for our students and staff. They take pride in their work and they go above and beyond by reaching out to our students to build relationships with them.

Jessica Richter, director of early learning, recognized Karime Morales, Pre-K educational assistant, for celebrating our diverse community and strengthening our collective power. Karime taught the Pre-K Team about the hispanic/latino culture and some of its celebrations.

Lindsey Horowitz, director of special services, recognized Jennifer Kelly, special education admin assistant; Brandy Vargas, due process and third party billing; Jen Tousignant, special education teacher; Michelle DeRemer, special education teacher; Anna Cordie, speech language pathologist; Hannah Krejci, speech language pathologist; and Addie Forgrave, speech language pathologist, for helping our file review for the Minnesota Department of Education. They not only were incredibly organized, they made a day of file reviews enjoyable. Lindsey also recognized Jena Carlson for the collaboration and support in moving forward with curriculum needs.


School Highlight – Earle Brown Elementary STEAM

Tim Leach, special education teacher and PBIS coordinator, presented an update on the PBIS implementation at EBE. Staff started receiving training in the program in spring 2018 and it was introduced at the school as BE REAL in fall 2018. PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) creates systems and supports for students and staff in a school. All students develop and learn social, emotional, and behavioral competence, supporting their academic engagement. All educators develop positive, predictable, and safe environments that promote strong interpersonal relationships with students through teaching, modeling, and encouragement.

Budget Update

Sara Bratsch presented an update on the district’s SY 2020 budget planning. Click here to view the presentation from the meeting.

Insight School – School Improvement Plan

John Huber, director of Insight Online School of Minnesota, presented the school improvement plan, which is required for the Every Student Succeeds Act.



The board took action on the following items:

  • Approved the Insight School of Minnesota School Improvement Plan
  • Approved the pay equity report
  • Approved the school year 2020 and 2021 calendars. Click here to view the calendars.
  • Approved the second reading of the following revised board policies:
    • 413 Harassment and Violence
    • 416 Drug and Alcohol Testing
    • 506 Student Discipline
    • 514 Bullying Prohibition
  • First reading of the following revised board policies:
    • 522 Student Sex Nondiscrimination
    • 524 Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy
    • 616 School District System Accountability
    • 806 Crisis Management Policy