May 26, 2021
Leonard Brautigam, former assistant superintendent of student services, acknowledges friends, family and former colleagues at the dedication of the Brautigam Center on May 23.
May 26, 2021—The CFISD community gathered on May 23 to celebrate the namesake for the special program facility formerly known as the Windfern School of Choice at a dedication ceremony for the Brautigam Center.
The campus is named in honor of former assistant superintendent Leonard Brautigam, who spent 37 years serving CFISD in various roles.
Brautigam began his career as a student teacher at Cy-Fair High School in the spring of 1970 and was hired for the 1970-1971 school year as an industrial arts woodworking teacher. He served as president of the Brazos Valley Industrial Arts Teacher Association and was named a Teacher of the Year honoree by the association.
Brautigam moved into an administrative role in 1976, serving as an assistant principal at Dean Middle School for six years and at Watkins Middle School for another two years.
In 1984, he was named principal at Campbell Middle School. He served in the role for eight years until he was named principal at Langham Creek High School in 1992. Brautigam was promoted to assistant superintendent for student services in 1997 and served in the role until his retirement in 2007.
Leonard Brautigam, former assistant superintendent of student services, stands next to a portrait of the Brautigam Center during a dedication ceremony on May 23. The school was designed by PBK Architects Inc. and constructed by ICI Construction Inc.
During his teaching tenure, Brautigam’s teams were routinely successful at the state level, capturing multiple championships at the annual state industrial arts fair. While an assistant superintendent, Brautigam oversaw graduations, athletics, student discipline and security, implemented the district’s first security cameras and student identification badges, and managed the first Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) programs in CFISD at Cypress Ridge and Cypress Springs high schools.
“This was a yearlong dream because we were postponed, but his brand of being an educator has infiltrated this building from the first day,” Brautigam Center Principal Martha Strother said. “He helped raise me as a young administrator and I took on his philosophy, so for him to be able to come here and see that same philosophy of servant leadership and always thinking of students first in all decision making, it was very validating for us that he recognizes that in this building.”
Strother and CFISD administration presented Brautigam with gifts, including a framed photo of his family in front of the campus. The ceremony included a performance from Langham Creek High School orchestra students.
Members of the Langham Creek High School orchestra perform during the Brautigam Center dedication ceremony on May 23.
“There’s no way to describe how special this honor is and how much it means to me and my family,” Brautigam said. “I caught myself thinking, ‘They can’t be talking about me.’ I was just another person who worked hard all his life and tried to do the best. So it is truly special in so many ways.”
About the Brautigam Center
Designed by PBK Architects Inc. and constructed by ICI Construction Inc., the Leonard Brautigam Center offers an environment that resembles a community college. The campus was repurposed to accommodate the growing Windfern program and offer students more flexibility in a non-traditional way to pursue their goal of graduating high school.
To offer more one-on-one student engagement and accommodate the program’s further growth, classrooms are all different sizes. The student union was designed for students to take advantage of the various work spaces and the self-care café between classes or before night classes. It also serves as a multipurpose assembly space to accommodate the campus’ expanding student population.
With the new CTE program, there are more flexible training spaces to assist students with earning workforce certifications. There are 24 welding stations available to students, while they can also take courses in architecture, construction and manufacturing. Courses are also offered in an accelerated schedule, including hospitality, business, marketing, finance, human resources, education and training.
Leonard Brautigam’s official portrait is unveiled during the dedication ceremony on May 23. Joining Brautigam, left, to unveil the portrait are Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools, middle, and Bob Covey, CFISD Board of Trustees president.