The Brookfield R-3 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday night with all members present. The Board recognized students, evaluated programs, approved two out-of-state trips and changed the structure by which they pay their teachers.
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. sharp by President Jeff Vogel. The agenda was amended and approved unanimously after a motion and second by Jim McIntyre and Marc Amer, respectively. There were no public comments. The consent agenda was approved unanimously after a motion and second by Dennis Fletcher and Jim McIntyre.
The Board then recognized the Brookfield Middle School Science Olympiad team, who were presented by Jannell Falconer. The team took third place overall at District’s, and will be headed to State soon.
Not all of the team members were present, but the full list of results are below:
Anatomy – Tanner and Taylor Wallace (fourth), Boomilever – Abby Turner (fourth), Disease Detectives – Claire Barger and Ashley Roberts (fourth), Experimental Design – Derrek Hardy, Abby Turner and Taylor Wallace (fifth), Food Science – Hannah Domon (sixth), Forestry – Sydney Wilbeck (sixth), Helicopter – Taylor and Tanner Wallace (sixth), Heredity – Chase Baker and Katie McIntyre (sixth), Keep the Heat – Brooks Baker (fifth), Meteorology – Derrek Hardy and Katie McIntyre (first), Metric Mastery – Hannah Matheney and Sydney Wilbeck (eighth), Mission Possible – Hannah Matheney, Hannah Domon and Sydney Wilbeck, Mouse Trap Vehicle – Brooks Baker (fifth), Reach for the Stars – Chase Baker and Claire Barger (first), Road Scholar – Derrek Hardy and Ashley Roberts (first), Rocks and Minerals – Chase Baker and Abby Turner (second), Rotor Egg Drop – Taylor and Tanner Wallace (fifth), Science Crimebusters – Claire Barger and Ashley Roberts (fourth), Shock Value – Brooks Baker (fourth), Sounds of Music – Katie McIntyre and Derrek Hardy (second), Water Quality – Hannah Domon and Hannah Matheney (fourth), Write It, Do It – Ashley Roberts and Abby Turner (second).
The first program evaluation concerned Parent, Family and Community Involvement. Superintendent Dr. Paul Barger commended the work of the building-level Administration for their work in establishing parent-advisory groups in all buildings.
Next was an evaluation of the At-Risk program. The District currently has one formal program through the Linn County Area Career and Technical Center (LCACTC). Dr. Barger noted that that he is seeing a need for more, though, especially in the Elementary. He is looking at the possibility of adding such a program to help students develop good educational habits.
The third evaluation considered the Drug Testing program. The program is in its fourth year, and at least 15 students per month are being tested. The program boasts 89.2 percent participation in the High School and 94.5 percent in the Middle School of eligible students. This year, there have been no positive tests.
Page 2 of 2 - The final evaluation was for the District’s Homeless, Migrant and English Language Learners (ELL) Education program. If another language, except for English, is spoken in a home, the student is considered an ELL student. The District has no migrant students, but have seen an increase in homeless students. A student can be qualified as homeless if more than one family shares one residence. Dr. Barger reports 20 students in the District are considered homeless.
Communications and Petitions
The Board accepted letters of retirement from Rita Moore and Alicyn Ehrich. Both of these were accepted unanimously, and take effect at the end of the current school year.