The Brentwood Debate Team qualified for state competition with their reader’s theater performance about “rape and how society often doubts or shames the rape victim after the fact,” coach Robyn Haug said. She said the team is small, and they were the underdogs at state, but were proud of their district championship and qualification to state and the fact that they were able to take their message to a larger audience. They didn’t advance to finals, but had a great time, Haug said. Also, a sophomore and new team member, Madhu, had a successful year competing, and qualified for state competing in prose interpretation. https://twitter.com/DebateRhaug/status/855430167380070400
Charges were made for rape, and driving while intoxicated recently, according to court and police records. Davion Howard, 19, of St. Louis city, was charged with second degree rape in Brentwood on April 13. According to records, Howard had sexual intercourse with the victim without her consent on February 15. Howard admitted to police that the victim told him ‘no’ multiple times.
According to the city of Brentwood, Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald has decided to retire from the city. He has accepted a position as associate director of CYC sports with the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Fitzgerald is been a life-long Brentwood resident. Mayor Chris Thornton and the board of aldermen thank Fitzgerald for his dedicated service to the city and his leadership of the Brentwood Police Department, according to the release.
McGrath Elementary and Mark Twain four-graders recently took part in a mock city council meetings at Brentwood City Hall, conducted by Mayor Chris Thornton. In the meetings, Thornton, Director of Planning and Development Lisa Koerkenmeier, City Administrator Bola Akande, Fire Captain David Niemeyer and Assistant Chief Ron Cottrell explained some workings of the city and answered their questions. See videos of the meetings on the Brentwood city website.
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
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 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
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.”
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.
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 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 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.