SIKESTON -- In an effort to bring all human resources activities under an umbrella for the Sikeston R-6 School District, the Sikeston Board of Education believes a human resources director is needed in the school district.
But in order to fill the position, the board must first approve the job description, which is exactly what they did Tuesday afternoon.
"I have suggested to the board on several occasions over some period of time for us to consider the employment of a human resources director," Sikeston R-6 Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller said.
As human resources director, the individual would work at the Sikeston Board of Education and administrative office under the supervision of Borgsmiller. Borgsmiller said his hopes are that the human resources director would come in to consolidate, align and streamline the district's personnel activities within the school system.
"The question to ask" Borgsmiller said, "is: 'Is the school system functioning?' Yes, it's functioning and it will continue to function with a human resources director."
Sikeston's personnel departments are covered by several different individuals and what Borgsmiller is hoping for is to bring all of the human resources within Sikeston's personnel and make it more efficient than it already is, he said.
The human resources director would directly supervise employees in the personnel department and carry out supervisory responsibilities with the school district's policies and applicable laws.
Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees and addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Although a couple board members sought clarification concerning the human resources director's job description, they approved it by the end of the discussion. Job interviews for the human resources director and administrative positions will be held Feb. 7.
Sikeston's Annual Performance Report for 2001-2002 was also briefly discussed during the board meeting.
"It's a snapshot of where we are each year in our annual performance report," Borgsmiller said. "As I've mentioned before, there are some performance areas that were poor, and the school is working to correct the situation this year."
Other issues addressed at the meeting:
* Sikeston High School senior Daniel Babb was approved as a candidate for the John T. Belcher Memorial Scholarship. Boardmember Bob Depro who help with the selection of Sikeston's candidate noted Babb has a 4.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale; he's No. 1 in a class of 220 students; and scored a 34 on his ACT and a 1300 on the SAT.
* Employee retirement/resignation was accepted for the following employees effective the end of the 2002-2003 contract year: Kathy Boldrey, Paul Kitchen, Angel Williams and Liz Barkett.
* The board approved to hire Teresa "Tracy" Morgan as a teacher of the gifted for grades 6-12.
* Sides Construction was approved for the bid award of the construction of the Practical Nursing Facility.
* School Board members were presented with certificates by Borgsmiller in honor of School Board Recognition Week, which is Jan. 27 through Feb. 1.