Filing will open Dec. 18 for three board positions
SIKESTON --Bids were awarded for casework, building amenities, technology and masonry at the Math and Science Center during Tuesday's regular meeting of the Sikeston R-6 Board of Education. Glen Alspaugh Company LLC will build and install classroom bookcases that will match cabinets already in use at the building for $10,600.
Design & Blinds.com will provide three blinds for the administrative suite for a total of $1,275.
The bid to purchase 17 DVD recorders/VCRs with digital tuners was awarded to Wal-Mart for $3,052.18.
Hi-Tech Communications will make 42 custom molded-plastic plate covers for custom audio visual jacks for a total of $1,050.
Mark A. Williams of Sikeston will provide masonry construction for the beginning of a sign for the Sikeston High School campus in the amount of $8,500.
The board approved filing dates for the April 8, 2008, election.
Filing will begin at 8 a.m. Dec. 18 and will end at 5 p.m. Jan. 22 at the office of board secretary Rice P. Burns, 733 N. Main St. in Sikeston. Board members whose three-year terms will expire are Bill Priday, Rick Adams and Greg Colwick.
Also on Tuesday, the board accepted the auditor's report for the 2006-2007 school year as presented by certified public accountant Richard Dennis of Spitzmiller, Bridger and Co. in Sikeston.
The report summary said the district is financially stable. In total, net assets decreased $2.7 million when compared to the value of net assets in 2005-2006.
This is an 18 percent change in net assets for the year. The decrease was expected due to large bond expenditures occurring during the current fiscal year and bond revenue having been collected in a prior year.
General revenues accounted for $22.2 million. Charges for services, operating grants and contributions and capital grants account for $8.4 million, or 27 percent of total revenues of $30.5 million. Total expenditures exceeded total revenues by $2.8 million.
During the fiscal year, the district received $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education and $4.17 million from the federal government.
When asked by board president Ann Jones how he would rate the R-6 district's financial status using letter grades, Dennis said he would give it an A.
In other business, Gatekeeper Administration and Consulting was awarded the bid for a third party administrator to offer assistance with the district's retirement savings program. Among services Gatekeeper will provide are education for employees and monitoring of contributions and withdrawals.
Terry Schaefer, director of technology; and Mike Brown, director of buildings and grounds, briefed the board with their respective departments' annual reports. Assistant superintendents Cindy Griffin and Andy Comstock provided a grant update for school board members.
Parent-Teacher conference reports were also given to the board. Overall the average percentage attendance for elementary grades ranged from 86 percent to 96 percent; these numbers are comparable to that of last year, Griffin said. Twenty-one teachers had perfect attendance, she said.
Assistant superintendent Dr. Marisa Bowen said the fifth and sixth grades had an average of 88 percent attendance and seventh and eighth grades had 91 percent.
The high school had 87 percent and the alternative school had an average parent attendance of 69 percent.
"We're looking at ways to improve that and get those parents involved," Comstock said.
Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller noted this week is American Education Week, and every R-6 employee will receive a turkey from the board of education.