Friday, March 29, 2013
A committee named Brentwood Citizens for Excellence formed in February to support Proposition K. The proposition would raise property taxes for Brentwood homeowners to increase school district revenues.
A campaign committee supporting Proposition K has raised more than $4,000 over the past two months. That's according to campaign finance reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission last week and in February. Documents show that the commitee, which is named Brentwood Citizens for Excellence, raised $4,321 in donations. The committee, which lists Mark Womer and Michael Slatin as treasurers, formed in early February. Proposition K would increase the school district operating tax levy ceiling by 75 cents. That's about $83 for a $100,000 home, notes a previous Patch report. Residents familiar with the names and faces in the Brentwood School District will recognize many of the contributors to the commitee. Supporters include school board …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Rivera has lived in Puerto Rico, New Jersey, Italy and Belgium with his family. They've been in Brentwood since his freshman year.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Doug Miner
Friday, January 11
Brentwood High School senior David Rivera’s family moved around the globe as he was growing up. The constant through the moves has been his family, he said. His mother, Michelle Hassemer, is in IT management and her job has moved his family to Puerto Rico, New Jersey, Italy and Belgium before landing them in Brentwood his freshman year. “I’ve been exposed to really cool things, like being able to go to Rome on the weekend and meeting people that speak eight languages,” he said. Of all the places he’s lived, he said Puerto Rico is the most like Brentwood. “Everyone there is family,” he said, “which is why I think my family and I are such a good fit here.” He said football, wrestling and debate, things that keep him busy outside of school, …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Parents ask questions, but don't get answers, as board members cite privacy concerns.
Probably the most interesting thing about the Brentwood Board of Education meeting Tuesday night was not what was said, but rather what wasn’t said—or answered—and that is: Why is McGrath Elementary School's principal Kathleen Behrmann being bounced from her job after eight years? Parents peppered the board with comments and questions from their seats in the audience and in front of the microphone during an extended open comment period before the meeting and, again, at the end of the two-hour meeting. Roughly 45 people attended the meeting. Eight parents spoke; some pointedly, like attorney Jim Malone, who has a child at McGrath. He wanted to talk about the contract, and asked if Behrmann’s contract is being revoked to one year, or not …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Sophia Rivera arrived at a district wrestling tournament in time to congratulate her brother David on his entry to the state tournament after winning a national championship herself.
There was a reunion of two busy Brentwood kids on Saturday. Brentwood High School junior David Rivera was at the Class 1, District 1 MSHSAA wrestling finals at Whitfield School, where he took runner-up in the 285-pound weight class. He's now 29-6 and will go on to wrestle at the state meet. His sister Sophia, an eighth-grader at Brentwood Middle School, arrived in time to see him wrestle, coming from an indoor track meet in Illinois where she had just won a national championship for 14-year-olds in shot put. Patch grabbed this photo of the two of them together, and later got the scoop from their mother, Michelle Hassemer, by email. Here’s what she said about her kids, beginning with a direct quote. “Our kids have made my husband and I VERY…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The forum follows a debate about a potential drug testing program for students participating in extracurricular activities.
A forum is planned for January to discuss drug prevention methods in Brentwood schools. At its meeting Tuesday night, the Brentwood Board of Education unanimously agreed to hold the forum. The agreement follows previous division about the best way to address a perceived drug abuse problem in the schools. In September, school board members began debating possibly adding a drug testing program for students participating in extracurricular activities. District administrators and Brentwood police officers attended a meeting in October to discuss the potential program. Other ideas, such as an increased role for a school resource officer, emerged at the meeting. A date hasn't been set for the January forum, but Superintendent Dr. Charles …
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Brentwood Board of Education discussed interview processes and curriculum changes during a meeting at Mark Twain Elementary School on Tuesday night.
In a move that signifies new leadership on the Brentwood Board of Education, Chris Jones and Katrina Harper were elected as board president and vice president during a meeting on Tuesday night. They replace Keith Rabenberg—who served as president since 1997—and Regina Gahr, who both lost in 4-3 votes. Board members were divided with their nominations. Newcomers Michelle Hassemer and Dan Williams joined Harper and Jones while Kathy Glowski sided with Regina Gahr and Keith Rabenberg. Hassemer and Glowski were unanimously elected as secretary and treasurer, respectively. The election of officers happened shortly after the recently-elected board members were sworn into office by former board secretary Joe Hembree. District Interview Policy The…
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Michelle Hassemer said the community was ready for "new blood."
Two Brentwood Board of Education incumbents have been defeated in the first contested school board race in nearly a decade. The St. Louis County Board of Elections announced the unofficial election results on Tuesday night. Challengers Michelle Hassemer (24.92 percent) and Dan Williams (19.56 percent) will replace incumbents Joe Hembree (17.57 percent) and Johanna Berken (18.13 percent) in two of the three-year term seats. Incumbent Keith Rabenberg (19.15 percent) also was re-elected to a three-year term. Incumbent Katrina Harper (58.37 percent) was elected to the unexpired one-year term in a separate school board race. She defeated challengers Katrina Sommer (25.07 percent) and Stephen Moelm (16.26 percent). After the results were …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Candidates also discussed the use of hiring committees, standardized curriculum and local control during an election forum.
The first 12 questions of an election forum on Monday spurred Brentwood Board of Education candidates to boast about how much they loved the school district they wished to serve and what actions they would take to maintain its identity. But the 13th question drew the night's first disagreement: Where would you cut the cost in administration? “Our superintendent is overpaid by $40,000," Dan Williams said. "We got baseball players that are buying half their gear. You got basketball players that are buying warm up jerseys. Because the school can't provide it." Katrina Sommer said she compared Superintendent Dr. Charles Penberthy's pay to nearby districts. “It would appear that he is overpaid 20 percent compared to other districts,” she said. …
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
She moved to Brentwood in 2009 and hopes to get more involved with the school district.
It may take a village to raise a child, but Michelle Hassemer believes that it takes a couple of schools to shape a community. That’s why the 47-year-old mother of two and corporate vice president is running for the Brentwood Board of Education. She wants to be part of the process. Hassemer is seeking one of the three three-year terms that are open this year. A relative newcomer to Brentwood, she and her family relocated from New Jersey in 2009 for work. Schools dictated where they would live in the St. Louis metro area, and the family investigated five school districts—“the usual suspects, like Clayton,” she said—before deciding upon Brentwood. “We liked the sense of community,” she said. Her children liked the Brentwood schools. …
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Filing closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday for residents interested in running for election in April.
Right after the clock hit 5 p.m. on Tuesday—and after city clerk Shelly Williams locked up for the day—Mayor Pat Kelly and Fourth Ward Alderman Tom Kramer shook hands in Brentwood City Hall and congratulated each other. The filing period closed on Tuesday for residents interested in running for election on the Brentwood Board of Aldermen or the Brentwood Board of Education. No one filed to run against Kelly or Kramer. Both incumbents are essentially guaranteed a win in April's election. Of the five municipal positions open for election in April, only two will be contested. Brandon Wegge will challenge incumbent Lee Wynn as second ward alderman. Wegge, a resident of Brentwood for nine years, stated in an e-mail to Maplewood-Brentwood Patch …