‘Tiny but mighty’ Brentwood Debate weekend

The debate team spent Saturday at the Windsor Valentine Invitational. We had a great day seeing some different competition and trying out a new tournament! The following students earned awards at Windsor:

Kyra Brown: 3rd Place Poetry Interpretation
Sophie Breitmeyer: 3rd Place Dramatic Interpretation
Meghan Haug: 1st Place Radio Speaking

The tournament only gave awards to the top three competitors in each event, but we also had several students advance into the final round in their event:

Ben Haug and Zach Rahaman: Storytelling Finals
Angeles Calzada: Radio Speaking Finals

The following students advanced their degree in the NSDA after their performance this weekend:

Kyra Brown: Degree of Distinction
Zach Rahaman: Degree of Honor

We took six students to the tournament and all six were in final rounds! It was definitely a tiny, but mighty Brentwood Debate weekend! Kyra and Sophie earned their first awards in poetry and DI this year, and Meghan took first place in radio for the second time this year.

Brentwood junior again wins coding contest

Brentwood High School junior Emma Stoverink continues to win coding competitions. In October she was on a winning team to help solve the problem of homelessnes. Stoverink recently announced on Twitter she is a National Center for Women and Technology winner — 2017 Missouri: St. Louis & Southern Illinois Competition. The NCWIT is a “collective impact” effort, a community of more than 850 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase girls’ and women’s participation in technology and computing, according to its website.

Meet the new Brentwood schools superintendent

The Brentwood School District Board of Education has appointed a new superintendent and is inviting the community to meet him this month. Dr. Brian Lane is currently deputy superintendent for the Mehlville School District. He is set to replace retiring Brentwood superintendent, David Faulkner. Meet Dr. Lane on Tuesday, February 21, from 6 – 6:50 p.m. in the Conference Center at 1201 Hanley Industrial Court. Brentwood district appoints new superintendent
6 running for 3 Brentwood Board of Education seats
Brentwood school superintendent to retire

Community blood drive supports Brentwood patients

On Ground Hog Day the Brentwood “the City of Warmth” community came together for a common cause where love for one another was demonstrated. With the help of the American Red Cross staff and the families of Lilly LaMartina and Christopher Leahy a very successful blood drive was held. The donators to this drive on Thursday assisted in restocking the St Louis-area blood bank; its current levels are so low the American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save lives. More than 140 individuals took an hour out of their busy day and rolled up sleeves to help those in need. Not all had appointments, not all were able to give, but all do care for another. One hundred five productive units of whole blood were collected.

Brentwood mayoral debate is on: Thornton responds

Up until Friday, Feb. 3 it appeared to 40 South, sponsor of the League of Women Voters forum for mayor of Brentwood, that after candidate Louise Charboneau passed on it would be canceled unless incumbent Chris Thornton said he would take part. He hadn’t responded to emails and phone calls from 40 South asking if he would. The forum can’t take place with one candidate, and it appeared that Barbara Clements was the only one willing. However, a volunteer at the LWV office said Thornton had emailed and called there, and had agreed to participate.

Brentwood’s Louise Charboneau passes on

Louise Charboneau, Brentwood resident who filed to run for mayor in April 2017, died peacefully Wednesday night, according to her daughter Michelle Charboneau. Charboneau had been active in Brentwood politics the past several years. She recently fought to save city and residential trees, speaking at board of aldermen and architectural review board meetings. Michelle Charboneau said her mother didn’t want a service or visitation but rather a party to celebrate her life. It hasn’t been planned.

Brentwood debaters make finals in Jefferson City tourney

The debate team attended the Jefferson City Capital Classic this weekend. Thirty-five schools from around the state of Missouri attended the tournament, and it was the largest and most competitive tournament we have been to all year. We always have a great time in Jefferson City and this year was no different. However, while we left early last year because we did not have anyone advance to finals, we were able to close down the tournament this year because we still had a team in. It was a great weekend!

6 running for 3 Brentwood Board of Education seats

Six candidates have filed to run for three-year terms on the Brentwood School District Board of Education. There are three openings on the seven member board. The election is April 4, 2017. A League of Women Voters forum for the race will take place on March 9 at 7-9 p.m. at the district conference room, at 1201 Hanley Industrial Court. Those running for Brentwood Board of Education:

Daniel Brouille (incumbent)
Dannielle Joy Davis
Keith Rabenberg (incumbent)
Lindsay M. Spencer
Lois Truman
Cindy Watson

Mark Womer, Johanna Winfield, Melissa Nehrt and Kerry Trostel are currently on the board.

Brentwood district appoints new superintendent

The Brentwood School District on Tuesday announced the appointment of a school superintendent to replace David Faulkner, who is retiring after this school year. The Brentwood Board of Education has appointed Dr. Brian Lane to serve as its next school superintendent beginning July 1, 2017. Lane is currently serving as deputy superintendent for the Mehlville School District. He will be replacing David Faulkner, who will be retiring on June 30 after 30 years in public education. Board president Keith Rabenberg shared that the board was pleased to have received a large number of applications from highly qualified candidates.

Brentwood mayoral forum to take place

Brentwood candidate for mayor, Barbara Clements, on Monday emailed 40 South that she’ll take part in a League of Women Voters candidates forum. Candidate, Louise Charboneau, has said she would participate, which means the LWV will organize a forum — it takes a majority of candidates. Incumbent Chris Thornton hasn’t responded yet. The proposed date is March 13, but could change since it needs to work into the LWV schedule. The Brentwood School District has said the forum can take place at the district headquarters.

Brentwood police officer retires, honored

Retiring Brentwood police officer, Sgt. Tom Zurheide, was recognized at last week’s Brentwood Board of Aldermen meeting. Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald said Zurheide came to Brentwood’s police department after working in St. Louis city, and that he and others who previously worked in St. Louis brought invaluable experience.