SIKESTON -- Although state education budget cuts remain unclear, the Sikeston Board of Education approved expenditures required prior to July 1 -- with the understanding district officials will come back to the board for some amendments in the future.
"This is truly a work in progress," Sikeston Public Schools Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller told the board at Tuesday's meeting. "And as the state becomes clear on their revenue picture, we then will have a better idea of recommendations we can make to the board in regards to FYO4 amendments."
Borgsmiller said the 2003-2004 budget proposal did not include any salary adjustments for the district's instructional and support staff.
"We took the revenues in this year's budget and adjusted it to the best prediction DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) has given us at this point," said Sikeston Public Schools Treasurer Lori Boardman. "We reflected any adjustments to revenues such as foundation formulas and categorical cuts based on projections from DESE, and we will continue to update those as we are given numbers from DESE -- whether it will be for the better or worse."
The expenditure side basically reflects the service movement for the certified staff as well as the classified staff, Boardman explained. The recent insurance increase was also reflected in the budget proposal, she added. And with the salaries, any payables were adjusted to up with a bottom line, she said.
In other business, Sikeston Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Paul Kitchen reported summer school enrollment reached 1,035 students grades prekindergarten through 12.
"We have probably one of the biggest summer schools in the region," Kitchen said of Sikeston's summer school, which began June 2.
Normally, the first week of enrollment is between 1,000 and 1,200, but dropout rates can make the totals vary, Kitchen pointed out.
Borgsmiller noted children attending Sikeston's summer school program were personally invited to the program which is geared to reading and math criteria. Borgsmiller said he's already received positive feedback from parents about this year's summer school.
Other issues addressed Tuesday included:
-- A budget hearing will be held in August with the exact date announced at a later time, Borgsmiller said.
-- The board approved amendments to the current 2002-2003 budget in an effort to "clean up" line items as were reflecting through some expenditures.
-- Employment of Jessica Piepenbrok for the fifth grade and Gerald Vogel for high school biology was approved for the 2003-2004 school year.
-- Assembly of God Church was awarded one of the two surplus 65 passenger buses for $1,500, while Brock Auto Salvage was awarded the other surplus bus for $388.
-- Kathy Boldrey gave updates on instructional materials selection and the annual report on career ladder.
-- The public is invited to view MAP scoring from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. June 16 and June 24 at the Sikeston Career and Technology Center.