Safety concerns expressed during braham school board meeting isanti county news hometownsource.com west la college summer 2015

She then introduced her daughter, savannah, who is a 10th-grader at the high school and a member of the student council. Savannah read a letter addressed to the board expressing her willingness to do anything she could, as a student, to enhance school safety in the wake of the florida shooting.

Board chair steve eklund and superintendent ken gagner responded by explaining the security measures that have been in place, such as the secure entrance policy once the school day begins. This means that the doors are locked and there is only one, monitored door to gain entrance to the buildings. Gagner also mentioned the department of homeland security had been invited to make an on-site assessment of the schools two summers ago.

Last summer several law enforcement agencies in the area made a similar visit.Student council while expressing his confidence in the measures that had been taken, gagner concluded, “one thing that keeps you awake as an administrator is have we done everything we can.” he stated this is an ongoing concern and the district continues to take it seriously.

Trina olson raised the issue of protocols for lockdowns in response to something coming from within the student population. Gagner responded these are dealt with on a case-by-case basis and evaluated as such.

Student council board representative alex kurvers responded that the student council would be discussing this at its meeting at the end of the week.

The final open forum speaker was sara king, who reported a social media site had encouraged people to sign a petition banning assault weapons.

The site purported to be a braham bombers site and she said that she felt any social media connected with the school should maintain a neutral stance.BAES climbing

Questions arose as to the legitimacy of the site, which king reported was on the braham bombers facebook page with the school’s phone number.

Gagner looked at a printout of the page she provided and concluded, “I don’t think this is our facebook page.” king responded that the page has in excess of 1,000 followers. Gagner promised to look into the situation, maintaining the belief that the page is not legitimate.

• acknowledged five contributions from companies and individuals: target, $700, sixth-grade fur post field trip; target cyber grants, $10, BAHS needs; cambridge-isanti redbirds inc., $1,000 for BAES climbing wall; grasston lions club, $300, BAES climbing wall; and lois and jim falk, two whiteboards valued at $200.

• heard elementary principal jeff eklund cite katie becker, special education paraprofessinal, as the together everyone achieves more award winner for the month.BAES climbing becker was recognized for her willingness to not only do her job but “help out when staff are sick.” “her selfless actions help make our school special,” eklund emphasized.

• reviewed high school principal shawn kuhnke’s report, which included congratulations to the january students of the month: in seventh grade, malachi carlson, chloe lucht and alex mcfarlen; ninth grade, margrette henneman, jordan johnson, jordan leaf, hayden lee, sara piatz, charles C.J. Smith and hanna sterling; 11th grade, steven kellum, joey marks, brody marthaler and helena vazquez; 12th grade, tyler lancrain. Kuhnke also noted that four seniors have signed national letters of intent to further their education and playing careers: emily lindquist, volleyball, university of jamestown; tom baker, hunter giffrow and zach zierden, presentation college, aberdeen, south dakota.Climbing wall

• gagner reported heather hislop, from lighthouse child and family services, has been approved for a third day of providing school-based mental health services to braham schools at no cost to the district. Gagner also reported in light of revenue and costs, budget adjustments will be brought to the march board meetings. These adjustments will total $250,000 through a series of reductions, fee increases or both.

• acknowledged braham honor recipients: sue pearson, for dedication and leadership in bringing a climbing wall to students of the district; city of braham for efforts in communicating with the school during a recent water main break; braham covenant church youth for their efforts to leave the building in better shape after an event in late january; jane johnston, billy pierce, paulette weisz and leah west for planning and preparing a recognition luncheon for their department paras; bryan johnson for planning and organizing a jazz dessert concert in mid-february; and pauline bangma, tanya tacker, tracy wells and judy patzoldt for their dedication, service and attention to detail during the recent minnesota department of education audit of special education services.BAES climbing