SIKESTON -- One week after Sikeston R-6 voters approved the $4.53 million bond issue to construct a new math and science center, the district's Board of Education has taken the first step in getting the process going.
On Tuesday the board awarded the civil engineering/surveying services to Waters and Associates over Lambert Engineering and Survey, which also submitted a bid.
Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller said last week Terry Bryant, director of building and grounds, and board members, Paul Boyd, Bill Priday and Mary White Ross, met with the firms and considered the qualifications.
"In regard to our project, Waters and Associates did agree -- for $3,800 -- to conduct the surveying," Borgsmiller said. "Now they will meet face to face with (architectural firm) Fleming Associates to discuss the specifics of the civil engineering, and once they understand that, we will negotiate a price."
Also on Tuesday, board members Priday, Rick Adams and Greg Colwick took the oath of office for three more years of service. The board was also reorganized and new officers are: Ann Jones, president; Julie Crader-Dolan, vice president; Pete Burns, secretary; Lori Boardman, treasurer; and Cheryl White, assistant treasurer.
Board members also certified last Tuesday's election votes, which were 1,738 yes votes and 714 no votes in Scott and New Madrid counties.
In other business, the board approved a 10-cent increase in student breakfast and lunch meals for the 2005-2006 school year. The board also approved raising the price on various a la carte items -- but not without discussion.
Adams commented he thought the price increase of 85 cents to $1.50 for items like pizza, hamburgers and chili was dramatic.
Last summer the board of education voted to privatize the dining services in an effort to save the district more money.
"The consensus from everybody who had submitted a proposal was we had been subsidizing this program for so long and operating at a loss that it was inevitable that at some point an increase was going to occur," Boyd recalled. And Borgsmiller pointed out the increases are almost identical to what the district would have recommended if the food services would have stayed within the school district.
Following the approval to raise the prices, the board also consented to the renewal of contract for food management services with Chartwells Dining Services for 2005-2006 school year.
High School students Andrew Wallace, who scored a perfect score on the math portion of the Missouri Assessment Program test last year, and Chelsea Grigery, who was selected to attend International Science Fair in Phoenix, Ariz., and the National Science Symposium in San Diego, Calif., were commended by the board. Grigery was also selected for publication in Missouri Medicine.
Regional science fair winners and FBLA district competition winners were recognized by the board, too.
Currently the district's enrollment stands at 3,733 students. Borgsmiller pointed out enrollment is not as high as it was last year at this time, but it still ahead of the prior two school years.