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Student is noticed for writing poem

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

SIKESTON - School board members had several guests at

their monthly meeting Tuesday, including a student who

received special recognition for a poem he wrote on


The seventh-grader's teacher, Gina Kirkman, explained

the assignment was to create poetry by giving each

student a couple of random words, one of which for

Chris Carnell was terrorism.

The word was placed at the top of the assignment page

and each student was to write what the word meant to

him. The idea is to write metaphorically.

"Once that learner has put his or her image on, they

pass it to the next learner and it goes through the

classroom so when you get your paper back you have a

paper full of wonderful imagery," explained Kirkman.

"You circle the six you like best.

"In Mr. Carnell's case, he is a writer who likes to

revise and make it his own work. What he did is use

the phrases he liked best with his word in the middle

and then of course he added his own, so really it

became Chris's own poem and we were so pleased with

the way it turned out. I'll never forget the day Chris

read his poem to the class and everyone looked in awe

of what he'd done with it."

Chris was then asked to come before the board where he

received a round of applause and a certificate of

achievement for his impressive work.

Also during the meeting, Transportation Director Randy

Thompson recommended the board accept the fuel bid

award which included MFA's low bid of .05 cents per

gallon for gasoline over the rack price and a separate

bid of .03 cents a gallon over the rack price for

diesel, a bid made by Santie Oil. The fuel bids, which

are sought the first of every October, were accepted

by the board.

Also discussed and passed was an initiative petition

for a constitutional amendment for simple majority

during the school district bond elections. As

explained by Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller, the

issue, which would be placed before the voters on the

ballot in November 2002, would add a constitutional


"This would then allow us take to the voters a G.O.

bond or a simple majority," said Borgsmiller.

"Currently, depending upon the election date, you

usually have to have a 2/3 majority or no less than a

5/7 majority in order for a G.O. bond vote to be

successful. The MSBA (Missouri State Board

Association) outlined this at the regional meeting

that was held at Middle School back in September and

since that time we have received additional

information and I know the SCTA (Sikeston Community

Teachers Association) has received information on this

as well.

"The state legislators have been approached on this in

the last couple of legislative sessions and their

action has been less than desirable. According to the

MSBA and the Missouri Community Teachers Association,

'we think we can do this without you guys.'"

In order to go on the statewide ballot, Borgsmiller

said, petitions must be signed by 8 percent of those

who voted in the prior gubernatorial election in six

of the nine districts.

"The goal for the MSBA and the MCTA is to have at

least the number of signatures as there are each

individual school districts in the state."