The Brookfield Board of Education met May 15 to pass a new teacher salary schedule for the 2018-2019 school year.

The school board honored retiring bus driver Bernie Roberts for 22 years with the Brookfield School District.

The Brookfield Board of Education met during their May meeting to pass a new teacher salary schedule. The schedule increases base teacher salary to $29,000. The salary schedule includes a 3.5-percent salary increase for all Brookfield School District staff.

Brookfield Superintendent Dr. Kyle Collins says the salary increase is a good move for new and current staff.

“We haven’t been able to do anything with teacher and staff salaries in recent years,” Collins said. “This is definitely a step in the right direction.”

The board also discussed adding more technology to the district. As part of the Brookfield School District Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, the goal is to have one device for every student enrolled. The discussion during the May meeting would allow iPads to be purchased for kindergarten through second grade students and Chromebooks for third grade through 12th grade students. The plan is to have the devices available to all students.

Brookfield School District director of maintenance Matt Parn received approval from Ameren for a $57,000 energy rebate. The rebate allowed the school to switch to LED lighting throughout the district. The district has around 5,000 lights to be replaced. The plan is to be finished by the end of summer. The new lighting will reduce electricity consumption for the district. Summer maintenance will begin May 24 following the last day of school.

In addition to the summer maintenance, several high school classrooms will receive a remodel. The remodel is to ensure student and teacher safety. The remodel will include replacing classrooms doors. The replacement doors will be sturdier with smaller windows. This remodel is in line with improvements made previously to classroom doors in the district.

The board of education honored Brookfield school bus driver Bernie Roberts. Roberts has been with the school district since 1996.

According to Collins, Roberts was a model employee.

“He’s done a great job for the district,” Collins said. “We wish him the very best in retirement.”

In other business, the board went over this year’s professional development camp for Brookfield teachers. The camp would run for two days. Teachers would receive $175 each day for attending. Technology, legal and anti-bullying training will be offered to teachers this year. Last year more than 70 teachers took advantage of the training. The district receives money from the Department of Education under title II each year for professional development.