There are three seats up for election on the Brookfield Board of Education. Melissa Sydlowski and Sarah Kurpe are seeking re-election to their second four-year terms. Derek Mihalcin, who was appointed to fill a two-year term after no one ran to fill a seat on the board, is seeking to complete the remaining two years of the term. None of the candidates are opposed.

Here are statements from the candidates:

Derek Mihalcin

“During my first term, I have tried to be both visible and approachable by attending as many school events as possible. I have established a lot of positive relationships with school staff, students, parents, community members, and township trustees. Behind the scenes, I have been working closely with administrators, maintenance, and transportation personnel regarding our school’s current and future needs for building and grounds. I participated in the hiring process for administrators and the visit of the Ohio lieutenant governor.

For my next term, I want to continue to increase community engagement, improve infrastructure, and help increase opportunities for our students through new programs and training. I will continue to be highly involved in school activities and remain available as a resource for all members of the Brookfield community.”

Melissa Sydlowski

“I am very proud of the work this board has done over the past four years. The five of us (school board members), along with (Supt.) Mr. (Toby) Gibson and (Treasurer) Mr. (Jordan) Weber, have a collaborative and professional relationship. We have worked hard to support the administration, staff and students of Brookfield Local Schools by providing a quality education and innovative programs. I am excited for what the next four years holds for The FIELD.” 

Sarah Kurpe

Kurpe did not provide a statement.


School board members are paid $125 a month if they attend at least one meeting, and have access to the district’s healthcare plan as long as they pay the full premium.