The Brookfield R-3 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday night with all members present. At this meeting, the Board chose an insurance plan and provider, swore in a new member, and renamed the District’s Track and Field facility.
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. sharp by President Jeff Vogel, to a packed house of parents and students. The agenda was amended to add an item to New Business and approved unanimously after a motion and second by Toni Fay and Marc Amer, respectively. There were no public comments.
The Board of Education honored the third quarter students who qualified for their special Academic Achievement Award. Students were honored in grades 5-12, and photos from the recognitions can be seen on page two of this edition.
Linn County Area Career and Technical Center Director Carey Smith presented the LCACTC evaluation next. Smith utilized the computer and projector in the LCACTC Conference Room to show the Board a sample test used at her facility.
Smith also showed a demonstration video of the Video Game Design class that will be offered through the LCACTC to High School students in the District next year. Smith reviewed the service organization competition awards from the LCACTC, which were pictured in a previous edition of the LCL, and spoke about Brock Wright’s campaign for Missouri State FBLA President.
Communications and Petitions
Superintendent Dr. Paul Barger reported a pair of resignations, due to the teachers not returning their contracts. Melissa Williams, Middle School Art, and Heather Mallett, Elementary Art, both decided not to accept their contracts for further employment.
Dr. Barger also read a retirement letter from Sue Judas, Middle School, who will be retiring at the end of this school year. Her retirement was accepted unanimously after a motion and second by Dennis Fletcher and Amer.
A decision was made on the broker and plan for the District’s insurance needs. Both Tom Kayser of Sunvoldt Financial and Jason Weydert of New York Life/Weydert Insurance were present at the meeting. The decision was made to go with Weydert, the local agent, with a savings to the District of $95,449.92. The plans for Blue Cross Blue Shield #1 were offered with the same benefits by both agents. In going with the local agent, however, and not accepting the bid from Sunvoldt, the Board chose not to save an additional $6475.44.
Reorganization of the Board
The Board adjourned the final session of their current make-up, and departing member Stu McMains departed for the final time. Board Secretary Becky Stephens administered the Oath of Office to Jim McIntyre, and newcomer Mike Sattman.
Page 2 of 2 - Jim McIntyre was nominated Board President after Vogel removed himself from consideration, and nominated McIntyre. Fletcher was once again chosen as Vice-President, and Vogel accepted a nomination to Treasurer. Stephens was again retained as Secretary.
McIntyre called the new meeting to order and thanked Vogel for his three years of service as President.
Mickey Beach presented the Board of Education with a proposal to rename the District’s Track and Field facilities in honor of Richard (Dick) Cochran. Cochran is a Brookfield native, and was an Olympian in the Sixties. Cochran, and his accomplishments, will be featured in an upcoming edition of the LCL. The vote to rename the facility in Cochran’s honor, with a plan for signage and finances to follow, was approved unanimously after a motion and second by Fletcher and Vogel.
There will be a public meeting on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Dr. Barger’s Office to discuss bids for the security needs of the District. A number of bids were received, and they will be presented to the Board after this public meeting