Brentwood officials take oath

Following the election this month, Brentwood’s officials elected for new terms took the oath of office Monday evening at City Hall, swearing to “support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution and the Laws of the State of Missouri, and the Ordinances of the City of Brentwood…” All were incumbents. Incumbent Brentwood mayor Thornton wins another term

Brentwood resident working to restore paths from former elementary school

Barry Williams went to Frazier Elementary in Brentwood. The school is no longer there, but some footpaths that students used to walk to the school remain. Williams still lives in Brentwood not far from where the school stood, and he’s on a mission to restore two of those paths for the walkers and runners of today. The school has been replaced by houses in Brentwood’s Ward 1. As a result, two out of four original paths remain (one of those  is in good condition and one needs maintenance), one was lost with no hope of being restored (between Parkridge Avenue and St.

Brentwood 4th-graders go to Jefferson City

Brentwood fourth-graders went Jefferson City recently. Mark Twain Elementary Principal Trina Petty-Rice posted photos of the group on Twitter (@tpdiva12). The visit to the state capital was in conjunction and celebration of their study of Missouri, she said. https://twitter.com/gcmitts/status/852570831221907456

“Kinesthetic” desks now at Mark Twain Elementary

Mark Twain Elementary Principal Trina Petty-Rice posted a photo on Twitter (@tpdiva12) of new “kinesthetic” motion desks and tables that allow students to be in motion while they learn, now in use at the school. One dealer of the school furniture says, “This is not exercise equipment – this is an entire teaching methodology that utilizes standing tables, motion chairs and numerous simple movements that allows teachers to actually have more control in their classrooms while providing a classroom experience that is far more conducive to learning than traditional methods.”

Incumbent Brentwood mayor Thornton wins another term

One-term incumbent Chris Thornton won the race for mayor of Brentwood over Barbara Clements in Tuesday’s race for mayor. Thornton won 53 to 47 percent (893-784 total votes). He won another two-year term. Clements filed to run in 2015 but dropped out; Thornton defeated Mark Wilson and Ward 4 Alderman Patrick Toohey. Clements previously served 19 years as Ward 1 alderman.

New-comer grabs most votes in Brentwood School Board race

Six candidates ran for the three open seats on the Brentwood School Board. A new-comer took more votes than even two incumbents. Lindsay Spencer, a stay-at-home mom with kids in the school district took the most votes, winning 23 percent of the vote. Spencer grabbed attention in the League of Women Voters forum by being the only one out of five candidates to favor teaching only evolution (“science-based”) in science classes. The other candidates supported teaching both evolution and creationism, when the question was asked.

Brentwood votes, campaigns

Brentwood voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide to keep Chris Thornton as mayor, or elect Barbara Clements. They also had six names on the ballot for three school board seats. The ward seats were unopposed.

Brentwood school board candidate’s statement

Brentwood School Board candidate Lois Truman sent this statement to 40 South for publication, received and published on April 3. She suggested that there were some misunderstandings resulting from the forum, and she hopes she’s back on track. The election is Tuesday, April 4. Message from Lois Truman to Brentwood Voters:

We are very near our election day (Tuesday, April 4th) when decisions will be made that impact the future of our Brentwood community. I believe it is important to have one or more professional educators serving on our school board.

Brentwood School Board candidates answer community questions

Five of six candidates for the three open seats on the Brentwood Board of Education took part in a League of Women Voters forum Thursday night at the school district conference center. They answered 16 questions from the audience, read by a LWV moderator, in about one hour and 45 minutes. About 25 attended the forum, including the mayor and a couple aldermen. The election is April 4. (Originally published March 10.)

The candidates sat on the stage in ballot order:

Keith Rabenberg (incumbent)
Dannielle Joy Davis
Daniel Brouille (incumbent, served one year)
Lindsay M. Spencer
Cindy Watson — (not at the forum, a seat there for her)
Lois Truman

There was often agreement on questions, with variations.

One Brentwood candidate has filed with ethics commission; one hasn’t

Of the two candidates running for mayor of Brentwood, one has filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission and one hasn’t. Incumbent, Chris Thornton, filed (see report). Thornton’s report 40 days before the election show no contributions or expenses, (see report). Thornton’s report eight days before the election show contributions of $525 and expenditures of $430 for advertising, paid to Gene Del printing, (see report). Barbara Clements, running against Thornton for mayor, hasn’t filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, which means she didn’t accept enough contributions to be required to file.

Brentwood schools curriculum on evolution: superintendent

Brentwood School District Superintendent David Faulkner on Tuesday sent 40 South News Brentwood’s curriculum regarding teaching evolution in science classes. It was in response to a request from 40 South in mid-March. Faulkner on teaching evolution/creationism in Brentwood Schools:
The science curriculum of the Brentwood School District is in alignment with the Missouri Learning Standards in each content area. In science courses, students are asked to explain those phenomena that may be analyzed utilizing a scientific framework. Missouri Learning Standard LS4.A.1 for high school biology asks students to “Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence.”

Brentwood School District seeking citizens to serve on steering committee

The Brentwood School District is inviting community members to apply to serve on a steering committee aimed at updating its K-12 buildings. The invitation is below. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 23. (40 South received this several days ago.)
Dear Brentwood Community Members,

During this school year, the Brentwood School District has extended its facilities planning to discern how we should update our K-12 buildings to meet the community’s needs now and in the future.  Last fall, the District hosted a number of meetings to collect input on a vision for the future of the educational buildings in the Brentwood community.  Many exciting ideas were shared by citizens who attended the events. For the next stage of planning, we are inviting interested and committed members of the community from all perspectives to apply to be involved in a more focused process of making recommendations for our facilities by serving on the Facilities Steering Committee.  For management purposes, the size of the committee must be limited, and selected members of the Steering Committee should be willing to serve for a term of two years.