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Homecoming 2018: A Community Celebration for All
09/21/2018
Fall is definitely in the air. This can only mean one thing-- Brainerd homecoming festivities!
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Brainerd Dispatch: Board approves new elementary school designs
09/10/2018
High praise came Monday, Sept. 10, for architects, engineers, project managers and others involved in creating schematic designs for building updates in the Brainerd School District.
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Brainerd Dispatch: Plans unveiled for Brainerd school updates
09/06/2018
Excitement is in the air in the Brainerd School District, and it's not just because of the new school year.
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LPTV News: Blueprint 181 Plans Laid Out In Open House
09/05/2018
The Brainerd community passed a referendum last April allowing School District 181 to move forward with major renovation plans. The blueprints for those plans were unveiled tonight during an open house.
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Brainerd Dispatch: Enthusiasm, nervousness fill Baxter Elementary on first day of school
09/05/2018
Gray skies and rainy weather were no match for the smiling faces and excited chatter filling the halls of Baxter Elementary School Tuesday, Sept. 4, for the first day of classes.
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Public Invited to Open House on September 5
08/30/2018
The schematic designs for Brainerd High School North Campus, Harrison Elementary, Nisswa Elementary, and the new elementary school in Baxter are nearly finished. This is a critical point in the process for the community to provide feedback on the building designs so far.
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Brainerd Public Schools Employees Receive Above & Beyond Award
08/29/2018
Connie Christensen, Nicole Harmer, and Sandy Loney Honored with the ABove & Beyond Award on Monday.
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ISD 181 Viewpoint: #BeBrainerd: Together We Grow
08/26/2018
Ready or not, here it comes—the 2018-19 school year is right around the corner! I am thrilled to begin my third year as your superintendent and to roll up my sleeves in effort to get all of the exciting work completed on behalf of our students at ISD 181.
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Brainerd Dispatch: Brainerd High School teacher honored as educator of the year
08/22/2018
Brainerd High School teacher Landon Brainerd was honored as High School Educator of the Year from Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest.
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Brainerd Dispatch: Study addresses anticipated school traffic congestion
08/15/2018
With plans underway to build the new Baxter Elementary in spitting distance of Forestview Middle School—neighbors across Knollwood Drive—traffic looks to take on whole new dimensions for that stretch of roadway.
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Brainerd Dispatch: 6 candidates up for Brainerd School Board
08/14/2018
Two more names bring the total to six candidates running for the three open spots on the Brainerd School Board.
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ISD 181 Viewpoint: Blueprint 181 Update
08/12/2018
The referendum passed, now it's time to build—right? Not quite. Since the community approved the Blueprint 181 plan in April, we have been mobilizing to implement the plans for each building. There is a lot to do before construction begins next spring. To start tackling this historic project, teams have been established in the areas of standards and design.
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Brainerd Dispatch: 4 candidates up for Brainerd School Board
08/03/2018
Two more candidates are on the ballot for the Brainerd School Board, bringing the grand total up to four, as of Friday, Aug. 3.
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ISD 181 Viewpoint: What Happens in Schools During the Summer
06/24/2018
Ensuring that students have the highest-quality educational opportunities is year-round work and while things in the schools certainly slow down, much important work is still happening.
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ISD 181 Viewpoint: A community partnership for student success
05/27/2018
This past week, the Brainerd Public Schools Foundation had the privilege of partnering with staff from Brainerd High School to host the annual Senior Recognition Night.
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LPTV News: Forestview Students Participate in Reverse Job Shadow
05/24/2018
Five hundred students at Forestview Middle School didn’t even have to leave campus to learn about 16 different career clusters.
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District 181 Viewpoint: Celebrating excellence in the 4 A's
05/12/2018
The countdown to graduation has begun, which means we are now deep into banquet season.
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Brainerd Dispatch: Fine arts banquet honors students and their art
05/08/2018
Brainerd High School seniors had their moment in the spotlight Monday, May 7, recognized for their fine arts achievements.
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Brainerd Dispatch: Forestview after-school STEM clubs highlight need, booming popularity
05/07/2018
At 3:15 p.m., right on the dot, about 30 students file into a series of rooms and labs on Forestview Middle School's second floor.
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Brainerd Dispatch: District approves 1st steps post-vote
05/01/2018
The Brainerd School Board is taking the first steps to make the 2018 bonding referendum a reality.
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Brainerd Dispatch: Evans, McElfresh Warriors' Athletes of Year
05/01/2018
Jack Evans was in a conundrum. Should he play in a Central Lakes Conference golf meet that teed off at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Willmar or, as a senior, attend what would be his final Brainerd Warriors All-Sports Banquet?
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Brainerd Public Schools Archives Seeks Faculty Art Submissions
04/30/2018
Brainerd Public Schools Archives is seeking submissions from former and current faculty for an exhibition of two and three dimensional art executed by faculty and suitable for public display at Brainerd High School.
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Brainerd Dispatch: Nordic Skiing: Warriors' Ryan named state head coach of year
04/24/2018
Brainerd Warriors co-head coach Mary Claire Ryan was named head coach of the year by the Minnesota State High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association Saturday, April 21.
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ISD 181 Viewpoint: Thank you from Brainerd Public Schools
04/22/2018
On behalf of the Board of Education, I sincerely thank the Brainerd community for voting "Yes, Yes, Yes," on all three ballot questions at the special election regarding the comprehensive facilities plan to improve our schools. This is great news for our community!
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Brainerd Dispatch: What's next now that bond referendum passed?
04/19/2018
What's next for the Brainerd School District, after voters approved all three referendum questions in last week's special election?
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ISD181 Referendum: Voters give go-ahead to proposed school improvements - Nisswa School near front of the line
04/18/2018
Brainerd School District voters approved all three bond referendum ballot questions for $145.71 million to improve school facilities, and school district leaders got right to work planning the next steps for the facilities improvement project, which totals $205 million.
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Seeking nominations for Above & Beyond Award
04/17/2018
The Brainerd Public Schools Above and Beyond Award is intended to annually recognize employees who demonstrate a positive attitude that inspires others and consistently go above and beyond what is expected so students can be successful.
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Blueprint 181 referendum results are in
04/10/2018
The election results are in - voters have approved the Blueprint 181 plan to develop facilities that promote opportunity, innovation and success for all learners!
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Brainerd Dispatch: Surprise! Dahlgren honored as Brainerd's teacher of the year
04/09/2018
Early Friday morning family and fellow educators gathered at the lobby of the Washington Education Building in Brainerd to honor the 2018 Teacher of the Year—June Dahlgren.
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ISD 181 Viewpoint: Make your voice heard on April 10
04/08/2018
Election Day is just a few days away. On Tuesday, April 10, our community will decide whether we make investments in schools throughout the Brainerd Public Schools district. The plan residents are voting on is a thoughtful and cost-effective one.
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Attention voters - Bond referendum vote is Tuesday
04/06/2018
Voters will head to the polls to cast ballots as part of the Brainerd School District bond referendum from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10.
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Brainerd Dispatch: District finalizes site for proposed Baxter elementary school
03/29/2018
Brainerd Public Schools announced it has identified a site for the proposed elementary school to be constructed in Baxter.
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Future Problem Solvers Advance to International Competition
03/26/2018
Four Future Problem Solving Program teams representing Forestview Middle School and Nisswa Elementary competed at the state competition with success.
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ISD 181 Viewpoint: Reflections on Lincoln
03/24/2018
As we move closer to the April 10 referendum election on our long-term investments in education, a question we are beginning to hear more often is whether we really need to close and deconstruct Lincoln. As a point of fact, the now 80 year-old Lincoln school was constructed in 1938 to replace the former Lincoln school after just 46 years of use.
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Brainerd Dispatch: BHS traffic study reaches conclusion
03/14/2018
The 2018 referendum looks to reshape more than Brainerd High School, as the interconnected roadways of downtown Brainerd are also likely to get a facelift should the district vote "Yes."
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Brainerd Dispatch: Forestview students raise funds, awareness of water crisis
03/11/2018
Students carried 2 gallons of water 3 miles around an indoor track Thursday to raise money for H2O for Life at Forestview Middle School in Baxter.
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Brainerd Dispatch: Baxter Elementary takes focus in public forum
03/11/2018
Plans for a new Baxter Elementary School are in the works, a focal point of a presentation officials of the Brainerd School District hosted Thursday evening in the current Baxter Elementary School.
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ISD 181 Viewpoint: Supporting our students
03/11/2018
In the wake of recent national and local events, we at Brainerd Public Schools have been taking a look at how we support students' mental health and physical safety. I want to share what I learned about what we currently do districtwide to ensure the well-being and safety of our students and what we are planning for the future.
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ISD 181 Viewpoint: Funding the Future of our Schools
02/25/2018
In October 2014, the Board of Education directed administration to develop a comprehensive facilities plan. The final plan known as Blueprint 181, which was completed using an extensive, three-year, collaborative process, is the direct result of what the school district heard from our community about what they value about our schools.
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Brainerd School Board Working for Students
02/19/2018
Brainerd School Board members devote an immeasurable amount of time and energy to improving the learning environment for our children and ensuring our schools are helping every child achieve at his or her best. This week, Brainerd Public Schools District is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week, February 19-23, to honor local board members for their commitment to Brainerd and its children.
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2018 Teacher of the Year Nominations Being Accepted
02/12/2018
2018 Teacher of the Year nominations are being accepted February 12 thru February 23, 2018.
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ISD 181 Viewpoint: Safety and security in our schools
02/11/2018
In a few weeks, the polls will open and voters in our district can begin deciding how Brainerd Public Schools will address the challenges our 12 aging school buildings pose as we strive to fulfill our mission to educate all learners in our community.
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LPTV News: Brainerd High School Students Learn About Local Trade Careers
02/01/2018
The tech shop at Brainerd High School was transformed into a speed dating setup with a focus on trade careers.
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LPTV News: Brainerd Schools Hosting Information Sessions For Referendum
01/29/2018
After years of compiling data, over one hundred listening sessions to see what the district’s priorities were, and several trips to the school board, the district is ready to take the next step toward the referendum.
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PineandLakes Echo: Officials outline referendum plans in public meetings
01/29/2018
During a three-year planning phase, the Brainerd School District hosted 150 community hearings to get input on the referendum. Now they're taking the results of this process and presenting them back to the public.
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Brainerd Dispatch: Negotiations spark marked changes to district employment
01/28/2018
Negotiations between the Brainerd School District and Education Minnesota Brainerd have yielded significant changes for employees in the district moving forward.
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Blueprint 181 Public Information Sessions Planned Throughout Community
01/24/2018
Blueprint 181, the comprehensive long-range proposal to address the facility needs of Brainerd Public Schools, will be presented to voters as three ballot questions on a special election scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, 2018, with early voting beginning on February 23.
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Board approves referendum ballot questions, plan includes $12 million in improvements to Nisswa School
01/24/2018
The Brainerd School Board finalized the bond referendum language voters will see on ballots this spring and the cost to taxpayers if each question is approved. Nisswa Elementary School is part of the Brainerd district. The facilities plan includes $12 million in improvements to Nisswa School.
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ISD 181 Viewpoint: April 10 Special Election Information
01/21/2018
This spring, voters will have an opportunity to decide whether to move forward with the Brainerd Public Schools Board of Education Blueprint 181 plan to address health, safety and educational adequacy needs in all our school buildings.
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Brainerd Schools Referendum Questions Finalized
01/09/2018
The Brainerd Public Schools Board of Education has finalized the language that will be used on the referendum ballot in April.
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Brainerd School Board: Referendum gets green light
01/09/2018
The Brainerd School District referendum is getting the official green light.
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2018 Winter/Spring Community Education guide arrives January 5
01/02/2018
In the mood to make New Year's Resolutions? Check out these opportunities in the Community Education 2018 Winter/Spring Guide
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Operation Sandwich
Brainerd Public Schools Offer Free Meals this Summer
06/11/2017
Brainerd Public Schools and Operation Sandwich are hosting free meals this summer for all children 18 years and under.
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Superintendent Laine Larson
Listening to the Voices of our Community
05/28/2017
Listening to our community is one of my favorite parts of being your superintendent.
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