Halfway through the school year, attendance is up at Sikeston Public Schools.
"As of right now, we have 80 more warm bodies than we did last year at this point in time," Sikeston R-6 Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller told the Board of Education at Tuesday's regular meeting. "And we're nearly 70 higher than we were two years ago."
If this holds true, Sikeston's enrollment will see an increase for the 2003-2004 school year, Borgsmiller said. While the higher numbers aren't attributed to one specific grade, Borgsmiller did say the new alternative facility (New Horizons School) is attracting more students back to school.
"And it's keeping children in school," Borgsmiller said about New Horizons. "Children, I think, that we otherwise would've lost. We're still tracking it though."
Also during Tuesday's meeting, the Board approved an amendment of the Sikeston Public Schools Foundation Trust Agreement that will expand membership of the Foundation Trust Agreement board. Currently five members serve on the board, but under the amendment, three members will be appointed by the Board of Education each year.
And short and long range goals for the district's guidance and counseling department are the same this year as they were last year, said Debbie Hampton, who spoke on behalf of the department.
"Mainly our objectives are to improve test scores and attendance," Hampton said. "We do that through evaluations. We do a five-year and one-year follow up. We're in the process of compiling those results from last year's seniors and from five years ago to see how we do as a counseling staff."
Currently there are 13-1/2 certified staff and one noncertified staff member, Hampton said.
In other business, Borgsmiller acknowledged Board of Education members with a certificate in honor of School Board Recognition Week, which is Jan. 25 - Feb. 3. Susan Williams was also recognized for receiving certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.