Brookfield School Board to Discuss Evaluations

| December 18, 2012 | 3:38 pm
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Program evaluations and an update on the state evaluation pilot program will be given during Tuesday evenings meeting of the Brookfield board of education. Other items in the agenda include discussion of grant-funded programs and administration reports. They will also will receive an update on their technology project. The group is also expected to review bid specs for contracted food services.  The session will begin at 4:45 at the central office.

The district has decided, in light of Friday’s shooting in Connecticut, to increase security at their schools.  Police officers will be present and more doors will be closed until students leave for winter break.

Letter from Superintendent Dr. Paul Barger

Dear Parents, Staff, Students, and District Patrons,

First, we would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding this morning regarding the safety measures that have been implemented for this week. We would also like to thank those that provided comments or suggestions throughout the day.

Secondly, we would like to provide you an update of safety changes we have made today. The updated changes are:

Tiny Tot Drive, the one-way street between the Elementary and Preschool, will be closed during the school day, 8:00-3:00. This change will be in effect for the remainder of the school year.

For parents/guardians dropping off children at the Pre-school building, please use the circle drive; this will be a new procedure for parents of students attending the lab school.

All parents/guardians picking up elementary students please use the front elementary doors, do not attempt to enter the building through the elementary cafeteria doors. We do have some concerns regarding the procedures for parents picking up elementary students afterschool. We will be meeting this week to develop a new procedure that will be implemented when students return in January. I will keep you posted on the changes as we finalize the procedure.

I have not finalized a date at this time, but I would like to hold a community meeting to discuss our safety program, go over changes we have made, and listen to any other suggestions that community members may have in regard to school safety.

For the parents bringing their children to school in the mornings, please note that the school buildings will not be unlocked until 7:00 a.m. each morning.

Finally, we would like to restate that our number one priority is the safety of our children and staff so please be patient with us as we work to implement the various changes at our schools. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns please call or e-mail the Superintendent Office at (660)258-7443 or pbarger@brookfield.k12.mo.us.

Sincerely,

Paul M. Barger, Superintendent

Letter from Superintendent Dr. Paul Barger

Dear Parents, Staff, Students, and District Patrons,
I am sure everyone is aware of the tragedy that unfolded Friday, December 14th, in a small Connecticut elementary school. Please continue to pray for all the victims and the families that are affected by this unbelievable tragedy. As a parent and grandparent, I am sad and angry that this tragedy occurred, it is unthinkable. But, as your Superintendent of Schools I believe it is important to communicate to you what steps the school administration and staff have taken and will be taking over the next few months to improve our safety program. First, we need to acknowledge that we are all sad beyond measure and angry that such an incident occurred, let alone in an elementary school. However, in the face of those deep emotions, we need to channel that energy to do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of everyone on our campus. I realize that we cannot make guarantees, but I can guarantee that we will work tirelessly to do everything humanly possible to ensure our children and staff members are in a safe learning environment.
Fortunately, we have already been reviewing our safety plans, consulting with local emergency responders, adjusting school procedures, and making changes to our facilities based on best safety practices. Nevertheless, on Monday, December 17, 2012, we will implement additional security precautions until the students are dismissed for Christmas Break on Friday December 21, 2012 at 11:30 am. The changes will be:

1. Only three doors will be accessible during the school day. The entrance doors to the Linn County Area Career and Technical Center, the entrance doors outside of the Superintendent’s Office in the High School, and the Elementary/Middle School Entrance Doors.
2. At each of the three entrances, we will have police officers assigned to each entrance to monitor all visitors entering the building. I would like to personally thank Police Chief Dave Hane and the Brookfield Police Department for their cooperation and assistance during this difficult time. The Police Department has been very supportive and shares our commitment to do everything possible to protect our children and district patrons. As you enter the facilities you may be addressed by the officers or district administration about your purpose for visiting the school; please be patient and understanding if this occurs, it is only for safety purposes.
3. Also, throughout the upcoming week we will have a police officer monitoring the elementary and early childhood playground areas, throughout the upcoming week, and checking all exterior doors to ensure those doors are secured throughout the day.
4. We will have counselors available if students or staff members need to talk about the tragedy and how to effectively deal with the various emotions. As a parent or guardian, if you would like for your child to speak with a counselor please do not hesitate to contact their building administrator and we will be sure they will be connected with a counselor.
5. During the upcoming week the district administration, in cooperation with local emergency responders, will be reviewing existing district procedures regarding campus visitors, the release of students during the day, student transportation, etc. If changes are made to existing procedures we will communicate those changes to parents/guardians as soon as possible.

Finally, I want to assure you that the Board of Education, Administration, and Staff are committed to providing our children a safe, positive, learning environment; however, we cannot accomplish this goal alone. We need all members of our school community to come together with the same single focus of helping to support the safety measures as those measures are implemented. Unfortunately, we live in a time where we must demand safety over convenience. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me by email at pbarger@brookfield.k12.mo.us or call my office at (660) 258-7443.
Sincerely,
Paul M. Barger, Superintendent

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