Jeffrey Wilson Will Not Seek Re-Election For School Board; Concerned About Condition Of Brainerd High School; Activist Says Rats, Snakes Inside The School

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Veteran County School Board member Jeffrey Wilson said Tuesday he will not seek re-election for a new term.

At the same time, he said he is concerned about the condition of Brainerd High School.

He said its condition will be discussed at a meeting at Brainerd High next Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to answer questions surrounding the current state of the facilities, the I zone, and future plans for the school.

Mr. Wilson, who represents District 5, said, "Although I have decided to forego pursuing re-election in order to focus on parenting a young child and pastoring my church, I am concerned about the longterm outlook of the schools in this community. It is my hope that a group of like-minded individuals can come together and create a long-term strategy which will benefit our children."


Cynthia Stanley-Cash, a longtime Brainerd community leader, said the school was closed all summer for the installation of an expensive overhaul of the heating and air system. She said in the process a number of rats invaded the school and that snakes have come in after the rats.


She said, "Students are staying home because of the snakes. One was seen going up a wall that looked like a boa."


Ms. Stanley-Cash said the grounds and parking area at the high school are also in a deplorable condition.   



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