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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • R-3 Adds Pair of Girls Sports

  • The Brookfield R-3 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday night in the High School Conference Room. At this meeting, the Board accepted a recommendation to add two girls sports.
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  • The Brookfield R-3 Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday night in the High School Conference Room.  At this meeting, the Board accepted a recommendation to add two girls sports.
    The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. sharp by President Jim McIntyre, with Director Mike Sattman absent.  The agenda was amended and approved unanimously after a motion and second from Jeff Vogel and Marc Amer, respectively.
    A report was distributed to the Board concerning the Parents as Teachers program in the District.  Superintendent Dr. Paul Barger reported that the new teacher for the program was working out well.  Dr. Barger also noted that there was talk in the Legislature that funding for the PAT (Parents As Teachers) program could return to previous levels.  Lastly, Dr. Barger noted and stressed the importance of the PAT program for the development of children.
    Under Communications and Petitions, a letter of resignation from BHS Boys Basketball Coach and Middle School PE Coach Jason White was read.  This resignation was accepted unanimously, after a motion and second from Vogel and Amer.
    Lengthy discussions were then held with Jason Weydert, the District’s Health Insurance Broker, concerning the renewal of the health insurance policy for the District.  There was a lot of discussion between Director Vogel and the Brokers concerning Vogel’s displeasure with the renewal rates.  No vote was taken, and no bids were supplied to the Leader.
    The Board will hold a pair of work sessions concerning the budget preparations for the 2014-15 school year, as well as some new policies mandated by the Missouri School Board Association and the staff climate and culture study.
    A report from the Gender Equity Committee was received.  This committee, formed after the District realized that they were out of Title IX compliance, had met three times.  The recommendation from the committee was as follows:
    1.  Add volleyball for the girls in the high school at the freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity levels.  The rationale for this addition is that this was the highest responded to sport in their surveys.
    2.  Add cross-country for the high school girls at the junior varsity and varsity level.  The reasoning behind this addition was for the level of interest, and the relatively low cost to add this program.
    3.  Look into either refurbishing the tennis courts in town, or possibly build six new courts on the R-3 campus. The rationale for adding this sport is that it’s the second highest responded to sport in the survey of girls in the high school.
    The cost to the District for adding volleyball would also include: a two-person coaching staff, uniforms, equipment, and transportation.  The cost for cross-country would only include coaching and transportation, as they would use the track uniforms already in the District.
    Page 2 of 2 - Dr. Barger noted the total cost for these additions would come in at $45,000 in the 2014-15 budget.  The costs would drop significantly after this, as the initial costs are always higher than the maintenance costs.
    A motion to accept the three recommendations from the Gender Equity Committee was made by Vogel, seconded by Dennis Fletcher, and passed unanimously.  Vogel also noted, and the Board as a whole agreed, that they took the issue of Title IX compliance very seriously.
    The next regular session of the Brookfield R-3 Board of Education will be held on June 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the High School Conference Room.

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