Brainerd School Board Approves Next Round of Building Plans for Nisswa

At the Board of Education meeting on Monday evening, members got a first look at the Design Development plans for Nisswa. Design Development is the planning stage where the building plans are further refined and detailed. 

The public is invited to review the building plans and provide input on them by visiting Nisswa’s page on the website. A computer will also be available for the public to access the plans and provide input in the Welcome Center at the Washington Educational Services Building at 804 Oak Street in Brainerd, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday- Friday. The input submitted by the public will be shared with the Board of Education and the project oversight team for consideration. 

The plans for projects at Harrison Elementary in Brainerd and the new elementary school in Baxter are also approaching the Design Development stage, while Brainerd High School is nearing the completion of Schematic Design, that first stage of building plans. Plans for these buildings will be added to as they are ready to be presented to the Board of Education. Brainerd Public Schools will alert community members as new plans are added to via social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and an email to those subscribed to the Blueprint 181 newsletter. Community members may sign up for the newsletter at

Blueprint 181 Property Acquisition Process Paused

Over the past few days, Brainerd Public Schools leaders have received inquiries regarding property acquisition at Brainerd High School, Harrison, Lowell and Garfield Elementary Schools. 

To ensure that every question community members are asking has been addressed, the District has postponed the property acquisition decision scheduled for Monday’s Board of Education meeting. The District wants to align with city leaders on our direction moving forward.

The District will take the time needed to get this decision right as it is in the best interest of our community for the next fifty years.

Owners of the affected properties have been notified of this postponement. The District will continue to keep property owners and the community updated on the timeline for moving forward with property acquisition decisions. 

Community members can continue to offer comments, ask questions, and find information about Blueprint 181 by visiting, emailing, or by calling 218-454-6900. 

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