SIKESTON -- It's not changing its mascot, but Sikeston Public Schools is changing its name.
The district's Board of Education voted at Tuesday's regular meeting to begin the process of legally changing the district's name to Sikeston R-6.
"Over the last several years and in reviewing some documents that from time to time the board of education must deal with, I've discovered that Sikeston schools has about five or six different names that are generally accepted," Borgsmiller told the board.
Names the district is known as include Scott County Reorganized School District No. 6, Sikeston R-6, Sikeston Schools, Sikeston Public Schools and Reorganized School District No. 6 of Scott and New Madrid Counties.
After contacting the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to find out what the process was to change the name and what the state had listed as the legal name for the district, Borgsmiller found DESE, too, had several different names for the school district.
"So we have a lot of names that are used," Borgsmiller said. "What I would like to offer to the board, and this begins a process which includes notifying the public by advertising in the paper for three consecutive weeks, of making the name of the school 'Sikeston R-6.'"
The board approved beginning the process to change the district's name and the board will tentatively approve the name change at the May 11 meeting. Also during Tuesday's meeting the board's newest members Mary White-Ross and Paul H. Boyd were sworn in and took their seats on the Sikeston R-6 Board of Education.
As the first black member of the Sikeston R-6 Board of Education, White-Ross said so far things are going quite well.
"We had a work session Monday night and it went smoothly," White-Ross said. "This is my first official meeting. I just really want to settle in right now and become acquainted with the things the board is required to do and basically get my feet wet."
Boyd is also excited about joining the board.
"I'm really thankful to everyone who put their confidence in me as their school board representative," Boyd said. "I look forward to working for the benefit of the students and the staff."
Members reorganized the school board by electing new officers: Greg Colwick, president; Ann Jones, vice president; Pete Burns, secretary; Lori Boardman, treasurer; and Christy O'Neal; assistant treasurer.
In other business, the board accepted the recommendations for the employment of Rita Chessor, Maryiln Schlosser and Jessie Walker as Parents as Teachers educators, Mark C. McCord as high school band teacher and Ivan Robison as high school industrial arts teacher. Joyce Mays, human resource director, added the district is also interested in appointing Robison as the high school wrestling coach. The retirement of Lee Hunter Elementary teacher Janice Banderman was accepted by the board.
A-Plus coordinator Mignonne Flagg reviewed the program with the board. Sikeston Public Schools was designated an A-Plus school in 1999, and since then it has graduated 107 A-Plus qualified seniors and to Flagg's knowledge, 47 have used the program fully. Twenty-seven high school seniors are projected to utilize the program upon graduation next month.
A-Plus Schools program is a school-improvement initiative established by the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993. Qualified graduates have incentive funds available that apply toward the cost of tuition and common fees at any Missouri community college, vocational or technical school. About 35 percent of Missouri high schools are designated A-Plus.
The board also approved a change in the wording of a goal's performance standard that would allow for the year-to-year fluctuation of the number of tech prep sections offered depending on student demand and teacher availability, Flagg said. She also noted A-Plus could possibly receive a 10-percent cut in state funding this year.
Several students were recognized by the board for their recent accomplishments in placing at the Semo Regional Math Contest, the Semo Regional Science Fair and the District Music Contest. Hunter Williams and Ben Priday were acknowledged for winning the Women's Auxiliary Americanism Writing Contest. Sikeston R-6 was ranked No. 1 of 34 schools by the Semo Football Officials Association for the 2003 season.