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School board welcomes new member and staff


School board member Tanya Giese, appointed in June, was sworn in by board chair Kirby Ekstrom

Sara Paul
Ekstrom introduces Supt. Sara Paul to the audience


New Activities Director Andrea Schmidt addresses the audience

The NBAPS school board hosted its regular meeting on Thursday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the media center at North Branch Area Middle School. The agenda included welcoming a new school board member and new staff, an update on Long-Term Facilities Maintenance funds, election filing dates, and more. Here is a podcast of the meeting, and here are the meeting materials.

Welcome!: School board chair Kirby Ekstrom swore in newly appointed school board member Tanya Giese. Giese’s term runs through January 2021. Ekstrom also welcomed new Supt. Sara Paul. Students Dylan Beaver and Abigail Schulte introduced new Activities Director Andrea Schmidt.

Long-Term Facilities Maintenance: Director of Business Services Todd Tetzlaff presented a revised 10-year long-term facilities maintenance revenue and expenditure plan, which was approved by the school board. Tetzlaff’s presentation can be found in the meeting materials.

School board election: The school board established dates for filing affidavits of candidacy for the November election. Individuals interested in running for the school board can file affidavits of candidacy from July 28 to August 11 at 5:00 p.m. Due to the pandemic, interested individuals should contact administrative assistant Arle Chambers at 651-674-1011 or by email at to arrange an appointment to meet at the district office and complete affidavits.

In other news: The school board awarded contracts for both garbage pick-up and diesel fuel, approved the 2020-21 student-parent handbook, renewed a membership in the Minnesota School Boards Association, and an agreement with St. Cloud State University. Documents pertaining to these items can be found in the meeting materials.

Dates to remember:

July 15 - OPEB Meeting, 2 pm, Virtual

July 15 - Negotiations Committee Meeting, 4 pm, Virtual

July 15 - NBSSA Negotiations Session, 4:30 pm, Virtual

July 23 -  Negotiations Committee Meeting, 4 pm, North Branch Area Education Center 

July 23 - Principal Negotiations Session, 4:30 pm, North Branch Area Education Center

Aug. 6 - Work Session, 5:30 pm, Location to be determined

Aug. 13 - Regular School Board Meeting, 5:30 pm, Location to be determined