SIKESTON - A decision by the Sikeston Public Schools Board of Education will mean more focus on Sikeston students as the consolidation of the Practical Nurse Program is proposed.
As Superintendent of Schools Steve Borgsmiller explained, the program started in Sikeston in the early 1960s and later began offering satellite campuses in Hayti and Kennett. The idea was to provide a head start.
"We went at the request of the City of Kennett to help them start their program," Borgsmiller said. "We stayed involved in that until the 1970s when we withdrew from it. Shortly thereafter Hayti came to our Practical Nursing Program and requested the same assistance. They would like to get their program started and shortly thereafter would hope to be able to operate on their own."
But as Borgsmiller pointed out years, have passed and the Practical Nursing Program has continued to have a satellite campus in Hayti.
"You gentlemen will recall that last fall we lost one of our employees in the Practical Nurse Program but prior to that the practical nursing staff had been evaluating the ability for us to continue that program."
He said the review revealed that a declining population in the Pemiscot County area has also resulted in a decline of students. Currently, Borgsmiller said the Hayti site, Pemiscot Memorial Hospital, has less than 15 students. He noted traditionally the numbers there have ranged only from 10 to 17 enrolled students.
"For our people to get the necessary training they are having to drive down to Blytheville, Ark.," he said. "Additionally, Mississippi County Junior College, which operates out of Blytheville, is doing some of their clinicals at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital. For that reason, for the challenges we have in operating two sites (specifically with our site here being the larger of the two) and the potential growth for us in this area in the medical field, I would like to see and would recommend to the board that we make the request to withdraw at the end of this school year, July 2002, and ask the State Board of Nursing that we no longer be in operation down in Hayti and allow us to focus on our staff here, our students here."
The board voted to approach the State Board of Nursing about the request.
Other issues the group addressed was accepting the retirement of Judy Miles and the resignations of Amy Bradford, Tina Cork, Jill Hadler, Julie Heppe and Nora Ross, effective at the end of the school year. Also accepted was the resignation of Gloria Schumer to become effective immediately.
New teachers hired include Darren Steelman for Middle School band, Altha Robinson for choral and Leanne Parker for science.