Former Bailey Building among sites to be sold
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston R-6 Board of Education hired a real estate broker to sell some of the school district's surplus property during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday at the Board of Education office.
Board members approved entering a real estate brokering contract with Sonny Alcorn of 731 Realty for marketing the structure, commonly known as the Bailey Building, and associated property located at 534 Moore Ave. in Sikeston.
"As the Board of Education knows, we solicited a request for proposals from area brokers, asking them to market some property that the Board of Education has deemed to be surplus property," Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller said prior to the board's vote.
Also during Tuesday's meeting, the board awarded the bid to purchase a dishwasher for a teacher workroom at the Math and Science Center in the amount of $439 to Kingsway Furniture, which was the low bidder.
An adjustment for the 2007-2008 budget was approved by the board.
"These are adjustments just to move budget dollars to match actual expenditures,"said Lori Boardman, director of business services. "We're not adding any new moneys to the budget but because because some of the items cross funds, it requires board approval."
Borgsmiller, along with Bill Lawson, chief juvenile officer for Scott and Mississippi counties, briefed the board on the district's truancy court, which is in its fifth year.
Since the program, which targets students whose attendance is identified by the school's attendance database as problematic, started in 2002, about $80,000 has come back to the district, Borgsmiller said, adding this is money the district otherwise would've lost due to lack of attendance by students.
Ninety-two students were in the truancy program with 31 students being new to the program during the 2006-2007 school year. Of the total number of students, the average attendance jumped from 82 percent of 92 percent after attending truancy court.
Of students who returned to the program, they increased their attendance from 82 percent to 94 percent. New students increased their attendance from 85 percent to 91 percent.
Also the district received over $22,000 last school year because students' attendance was increased.
"We think the program works and is worthwhile," Lawson said. "We're connecting parents and schools that in a lot of cases would never have had that connection."
Scott Ezell, district safety coordinator, informed the board of a school safety section that can be linked through the district's Web site www.sikeston.k12.mo.us. Just click on the "school services" link, and it will provide another link to the school safety page.
"My goal was to provide a springboard of information for our parents, students and faculty members," Ezell said about the Web site.
The Web site outlines what emergency teams and their roles are at each school, what the district is doing to become better prepared for an emergency, different drills the school system goes through and other information.
Links to various school safety topics, such as Internet use, frequently asked questions and a comments/forum page are other features of the site.
Tony Maltbia, director of the Sikeston Career and Technology Center; and Penny Hahs, director of the gifted program, "Ensuring the Academically Gifted a Learning Environment," gave their annual reports.
Maltbia said 897 students are enrolled in each class at SCTC. Hahs said this year 129 grade school students are enrolled in the EAGLE Program and 40 high school students are enrolled in the Advanced Placement program
The board accepted the retirements of Kate Biller, Nancy Davidson, Bonnie M. Hagler, Penny Hahs, Sarah Lee Hunter, Toni Z. Kellett and Rebecca E. Koch; and the resignation of Shelia K. George. Darla Crabtree was hired as a high school art teacher for this school year.
High school student Rachel Beydler was chosen by the board to be the district's nominee for the Missouri School Board Association's John T. Belcher Memorial Scholarship.
Included in the staff and student recognition were Sandy Kelso, a teacher at Southeast Elementary; and Laura Maloney, a teacher at the Kindergarten Center, who received National Board Certification.
Borgsmiller reminded board members the Christmas break will begin with early dismissal on Dec. 20, and school will resume on Jan. 3.