School District Thanks Seniors at Brunch

Directed by Debbie Stinson, Mark Twain second graders sing "Fifty Nifty United States" at the Brentwood School District's Senior Citizens' Brunch on March 29 at the district's office. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Directed by Debbie Stinson, Mark Twain second graders sing “Fifty Nifty United States” at the Brentwood School District Senior Citizens’ Brunch on March 29 at the district’s office. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Superintendent speaks on enrollment, Manhassett Village

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Around 50 Brentwood residents enjoyed jazz, drama, singing and a hot breakfast at the Brentwood School District Senior Citizens’ Brunch on March 29. It was held at the district’s office in Hanley Industrial Court.

The school district has held the event annually for about 20 years to thank seniors for their support. As he has done over the past several years, superintendent David Faulkner gave an update on district news.

He told the crowd that the school district has served from 600 to 700 students annually in recent years, with growth limited by the city’s scarcity of new housing. He said one of the district’s biggest challenges is improving its aging facilities and it is working on a plan to that end. He remarked that the BSD’s centennial will be on March 3, 2020, three months after Brentwood’s official centennial date.

BSD Superintendent David Faulkner speaks.
BSD Superintendent David Faulkner.

Faulkner said the district will serve the residents of the Manhassett Village apartment and condominium complex now being constructed, and will receive their personal property taxes. However, he said, he doesn’t expect that many school-age children will live at the complex.

Other speakers were former assistant superintendent Pam Ford and school board vice president Regina Gahr, who is leaving the board this month after 21 years of service.

Pam Ford
Former assistant superintendent Pam Ford.
Regina Gahr.
Regina Gahr speaks about leaving the school board after 21 years of service.

The Brentwood High School Jazz Band played several songs. BHS senior Tedi Craren performed a dramatic monologue that has earned her numerous awards at speech and debate competitions. Preschoolers from the Early Childhood Center led the crowd in the pledge of allegiance. Second graders from Mark Twain closed the event by singing a smile-generating rendition of “Fifty Nifty United States.”

Instrumental music director Grant Krener introduces the Brentwood Jazz Band.
Instrumental music director Grant Krener introduces the Brentwood Jazz Band.
The Brentwood High School Jazz Band performs, directed by Grant Krener. Members are (from left) Julius Bestman, Jackson Reeves, Geno Kler, Jonas Wahl.
The Brentwood Jazz Band performs, directed by Grant Krener. The two guitarists up front are Jackson Reeves (left) and Chris Hartung. Behind them are drummer Julius Bestman, keyboardist Gino Kler, bassist Jonas Wahl and clarinetist Drew Pennington.
Hot brunch was served in the main conference room of the school district's administrative office in Hanley Industrial Court.
Brunch was served in the main conference room of the school district’s administrative office in Hanley Industrial Court.
Preschoolers from the Early Childhood Center lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Photo above and photo below: Preschoolers from the Early Childhood Center lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance.

SJB_0246 Pledge allegiance

The program was emceed by Vicki Rees, the instructional coordinator for the district. She has worked for the district for 16 years.
The program was emceed by Vicki Rees, the instructional coordinator for the district. She has worked for the district for 16 years.
Brentwood High School Principal Ed Johnson greets residents.
Brentwood High School Principal Ed Johnson greets residents.
The tables were decorated with place mats made by students at the Early Childhood Center.
The tables are decorated with place mats made by students at the Early Childhood Center.
BHS speech and debate teacher Robyn Haug lists some of the speech and debate team's recent accomplishments.
BHS teacher Robyn Haug lists some of the speech and debate team’s recent accomplishments.
BHS senior Tedi Craren performs a dramatic monologue about a woman who loses a child in the Joplin tornado.
BHS senior Tedi Craren performs a dramatic monologue about a woman who loses a child in the Joplin tornado.
Vocal music teacher Debbie Stinson introduces her second grade singers from Mark Twain.
Vocal music teacher Debbie Stinson introduces her second grade singers from Mark Twain.
Mark Twain second graders perform.
Mark Twain second graders perform.

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