SIKESTON -- Students care about their future.
That was the underlying theme at the Sikeston Public School's Board of Education meeting Tuesday because apparently, students are utilizing programs and services offered by the school's library and the district guidance program.
Charon Biggs and Kim Thornbrough, Junior High faculty, discussed an evaluation of the district guidance program for the 2002-2003 school year.
"A larger trained staff of 14 certified helpers and zero non-certified helpers has helped the program a lot," Biggs said.
Although the curriculum is for all grade levels, career planning and exploration, knowledge of self and others and educational career and development are among the top three areas based on current needs assessment data.
Some services the guidance program provides are career interest inventories to help Junior High students identify a career pathway of interest and an annual career fair to help students gain exposure to different occupations, Biggs and Thornbrough said. Vocational and educational information is provided for students and financial aid opportunities from surrounding colleges are offered for juniors and seniors.
"We've found that students see a benefit in being able to take courses over the summer, such as P.E. and driver's ed," Biggs said.
One of the main topics discussed by Senior High librarians Jackie Cowan and Libby Caskey was the popular use of Internet databases by students. The databases, such as EBSCOhost and Newsbank, are available through MOREnet, which provides Internet connectivity, technical support and training to Missouri's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, libraries, etc.
Quarterly librarian meetings, maintained library standards and updated library management programs are among many of the goals that have been met by the library, Cowan said. However, more space could be utilized by the library, she added.
The issue of whether air flow improvement would reduce mold and mildew conditions in the library or whether a new facility would be better was directed to Cowan by Boardmember Bob Deprow.
Cowan said the current facility is a good one and that she didn't know whether air flow improvement could reduce mold and mildew conditions in the current facility, but again, she said they could use more space, not necessarily a new facility.
Other topics addressed:
* Board of Education election filing dates were approved for the April 8, 2003, election. The first day to file begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 24 and ends at 5 p.m. Jan. 21 at Rice P. Burns Jr.'s office in Sikeston.
* Richard Dennis from Spitzmiller, Hobbs and Bridger Co. gave an overview of the fiscal year 2002 audit report. He said they could find nothing wrong with the district's records.
Total revenues for FY02 were $26,802,682.42. Total expenditures were $25,871,121.45, making an excess of revenues $931,560.97. He noted that total FY02 federal grants were awarded in the amount of $2,852,584.45.
* All-district orchestra students were recognized by Gay French.
* Funding of equipment for the School Resource Officer Program was approved.
* American Education Week is Nov. 17-23. The SCTA officers are planning many local activities during that week, Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller said.