Superintendent speaks on enrollment, Manhassett Village
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
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.
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.
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.”