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.

Brentwood needs a new clerk

The city of Brentwood is looking for a new deputy clerk. The previous clerk, Dusty Hosna, was hired to replace Octavia Pittman, who retired from the city on September 30, 2016. Pittman was hired in April 2012. She is now the clerk for the city of Ferguson, according to her LinkedIn page and the city of Ferguson website. The city clerk position was posted on the Brentwood city website on March 3, 2017.

Brentwood officials OK plan to slow down traffic

Brentwood officials Monday night passed a resolution aimed at slowing down traffic on residential streets, with the Brentwood Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. The the Brentwood Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) is planned as a collaboration between city residents, officials and staff to identify traffic problems and fix them, according to the plan, in the meeting agenda. The goal is to put people ahead of traffic, making safer, more livable streets. The process begins when a resident living within one block of the area of concern fills out a request to the city for traffic calming. A petition with signatures from two-thirds of the residents on the street is also required.  Then the city will visit the site, looking at the streets, signs, sidewalks, traffic volume and other factors.

Puppy stolen at adoption event

A puppy was stolen at an adoption event at the Brentwood PetSmart store on Saturday, KSDK reported. The animal rescue group, All New Hope Rescue, is looking for three men accused of stealing a beagle-mix puppy from the Brentwood store. The group posted notice of the theft, with a photo of the puppy, on Facebook. According to the report, a man ran out of the store with the dog under his coat after being turned down for an adoption then jumped into a white or silver Impala and took off. If you have information in this case, you can send an email to allnewhope@yahoo.com.

Woman charged with leaving the scene, said she smoked pot every day

Erin B. Johnson, 28, of St. Louis was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, and combined alcohol/drug intoxication on October 30, 2016, near Musick Memorial Drive and Eager Road, according to court and police records. Johnson crashed her car into another car and left the scene. She was charged with being party to an accident that caused another person to sustain property damage in excess of $1,000 and leaving the scene. Her two children were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Brentwood residents knock down gas station plan

About 55 to 60 Brentwood Ward 1 residents told some Brentwood Boulevard property owners Tuesday night at city hall they don’t want another station. Ward 1 aldermen David Dimmitt and David Plufka invited the owners — a father and son, with SGE, Inc. — to speak to residents before proceeding with the project. It hadn’t reached city hall yet. Ward 1 resident Barry Williams was there and reported to 40 South that the owners of the Milton Building (2025 S. Brentwood Boulevard) had bought the Brentwood Bible Church on Lawn Avenue and the parking lot in-between, planning to build a 24-hour gas station on the three lots. Williams said lots of people spoke in the meeting and none were in favor of the project, but it was civil; the property owners were given a chance to present their plan.

Brentwood mayoral candidates meet in a forum

The two candidates for mayor of Brentwood, Barbara Clements and Chris Thornton, met Monday at the Brentwood School District conference center in a congenial League of Women Voters forum. There was often agreement in  the 28 questions posed by audience members, read from cards by a LWV moderator. Around two dozen residents came, maybe a few less than attended the forum for the Brentwood School Board last week. The moderator alternated who answered first. Some of the questions, and answers:

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Brentwood Radio Shack to close

After 41 years in business, the Brentwood Radio Shack (2518 South Brentwood Boulevard) is closing. The corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday for the second time in two years, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The store survived the first round of cuts, but not the second. An employee there on Saturday said its last day is March 31.

School board candidates asked to rethink creationism vs. evolution

Brentwood resident, Robin Duntze D.V.M., said in an email to 40 South that she was dismayed to learn that all but one of the candidates in the Brentwood School Board candidates forum on Thursday supported teaching creationism in Brentwood Public schools. (Originally published March 11.)

The majority of candidates in the forum said they supported teaching both creationism and evolution, when asked. Lindsay Spencer was the only one who said teaching should be exclusively “science-based.” She concluded, “Teach evolution.” Duntze said she has been a Brentwood resident since 1989; both her sons attended Brentwood schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Brentwood senior in talent competition finals at Fox

Brentwood senior Evan Adams has made to it the final round of Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s 7th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition, on April 8, according to a release. The finals are free and open to the public. There are 17 acts (29 students, from Missouri and Illinois) competing in the finals. A complete list of final acts can be found here.