BROOKFIELD – The Brookfield School Board heard a presentation on the Township’s creation of a community learning center.
Teacher Mary Arp introduced the idea at a recent meeting that a community learning center could be established to help children and their families. She said pandemic relief funds would be allowed to be used to establish a center, along with grants and donations.
“We would like to do this to help our children be the best they can be. Classroom performance may be affected by external circumstances over which students have no control ”, said Arp.
She said a partnership could be created between schools, the township and outside organizations, such as those providing heating assistance, that families may not be familiar with.
Arp said the center will focus on providing services and finding resources to help local families, build relationships with community partners and help students improve their test scores and attendance.
Although the district has already implemented some programs, she said, the center could provide a pantry, clothes bins, school supplies, mental health services, dental hygiene, eye care. , legal services and doctors on site.
While the idea is still in its early stages, Arp suggested that a committee be formed to investigate the community and have a coordinator for the center. Superintendent Toby Gibson said the school district is often the center of the community.
“It could be a way for the school to do its part by helping where it is needed. We can sit down and talk the way we would like it to be ”, Gibson said.
Board member George Economides said the board can gather information.
Officials said they would also contact township administrators to discuss the idea and see if they would like to get involved.
In other cases, Gibson said the district will receive an innovative workforce improvement grant of $ 750,000 through the Ohio Department of Education for workforce initiatives. Kindergarten to Grade 12 work.
Adam Lewis, director of teaching, learning and accountability, said the funds can be used for programs in which students can earn pre-apprenticeship certifications. He said STEM and manufacturing-related programs could be ready for the 2022-2023 school year.
“There aren’t many schools that have that. Career centers do it ”, Gibson said.
Board member Ronda Bonekovic said students who may not have plans to go to college can benefit by taking the training.
Gibson said ideas for the program will be showcased later in August at the school district’s open houses.
Additionally, Gibson said programs are being offered this summer to help prepare students for the 2021-22 school year and address any learning loss. The sessions were scheduled for the first two weeks of August.
In other areas, advice:
• I learned from Gibson that the district has been approved to have a licensed preschool unit on site;
• New inductees announced for the Brookfield Hall of Fame will be named at the football game on October 15 and the banquet will be held on October 16;
• Recognized by Declan Construction, Michael Martin Distributing Inc. and Mr. D’s Food Fair for their exemplary service to schools and the community. Plaques from the Ohio School Boards Association were presented;
• Received a donation of photocopiers from ComDoc for the new office building for the Superintendent and Treasurer for one year.