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Braman elementary to remain open


by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

  Newkirk Board of Education members voted 4-1 Tuesday night to keep the Braman school site open for the 2015-16 school year with the addition of a school administrator for the Braman site.

 After a 90 minute executive session, the board listened to the recommendation of superintendent Steve Stanley to move all Braman 3rd - 6th graders to the Newkirk school site.  Julia Peri made the motion to act on Stanley’s motion but the motion died due to lack of a second.

 Board member Curtis Layton then moved that the Braman school site remain as is for the 2015-16 school year with the addition of a school administrator.  Susan Rhea seconded the motion.

 After the board voted to approve the motion, guests at the meeting applauded and roared with approval.

 Board members have discussed a number of options over the past six months regarding the Braman schools from closing the site altogether to busing Newkirk students to the Braman site.

 Board members met in a three hour executive session March 16th but tabled the measure until the March 24th special meeting.

 The site has not had an official administrator, lead teacher Jerry Frieouf has acted as administrator for the site since the two districts consolidated.

 Braman school enrollment has averaged approximately 60 students over the past three years.
 
 
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