The Brookfield Board of Education discussed including a baseball team with community members during their Tuesday meeting.
The meeting also included a unanimous vote to set the annual tax rate.
Brookfield resident Megan Parn gave a presentation to the Brookfield School Board Aug. 21 regarding adding a baseball team for the 2019/2020 season. Parn wants to give high school athletes more options for spring sports.
Parn says she wants to give students opportunities.
“I want kids to have many outlets for school sports,” Parn said. “It’s a great opportunity not just for the community, or the school district, but for the students.”
Parn and other community members have pledged more than $11,000 to purchase equipment for the school’s team. The money would go toward uniforms, balls, associated expenses, but not coaching. The team would likely play at the Brookfield Parks and Rec ball field.
Parn has two sons who have played baseball when they were younger, but now that they’re getting older, they may not have another opportunity to play in Brookfield. A survey about adding baseball was sent to 96 students this past year and more than 50-percent said they would be interested in participating.
According to Brookfield Superintendent Dr. Kyle Collins, he’s considered the idea.
“I think if we were going to add baseball, now would be the time to do it,” said Collins. “I would never consider adding a new sport when we might be cutting other activities.”
A decision was not made about adding baseball to the 2019/2020 season by the board. They will get more information about participants, scheduling and coaching for the September meeting.
In other business, the Brookfield Board of Education unanimously passed a new tax rate. The tax rate was set at $5.0748 per $100 of assessed property. The tax rate is lower than last year’s do to new state formula.