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Food service director hired

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

SIKESTON -- The Sikeston R-6 Board of Education approved a new director of food services for the district's Chartwells School Dining Services during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Afton Y. Green of Cairo, Ill., will fill the position held by Doris Mills, who recently resigned. Since 1997 Green has worked as the director of dining services for Cairo School District No. 1.

"She (Green) is very interested in the students' well being and we're very thrilled to have her," said Lori Boardman, director of business services for Sikeston R-6.

In other business Tuesday, R-6 Director of Transportation Randy Thompson presented the board with two bids for the purchase of two new school buses next school year.

The first bid from Ponder Equipment Co. Inc. was for a 2006 Thomas Saft-t-liner, 78-passenger bus at the cost of $59,595 per unit and an additional seat belt package of $840. The other bid came from Central States Bus Sales Inc. for a 2005 Blue Bird All-American, 78-passenger at $60,740 per unit and an additional $650 for seat belts.

Thompson said the difference between the year of buses is nominal. He proposed taking the Ponder Equipment bid and adding at least one of the seat belt options.

"Coming up with the new child safety laws, the seat belt option has allowed us the flexibly to use some of these seats on some of the other buses that we have so we won't have to be noncompliant with the seat belt law," Thompson told the board. He added currently all of the district's 4-year-olds have seat belts as required by the law; but 5 year-olds do not have to have them.

The board awarded the bus bid to Ponder Equipment.

Also on Tuesday, the board approved the employment of the administrative staff for the 2005-2006 school year.

"Next month we will be looking at recommendations for all of the professional staff as well," Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller said.

Other employments approved by the board include: Sarah McGill as the Middle School social studies teacher; Steve Drake as a physical education teacher at Matthews Elementary and the Fifth Grade Center; Toni Howe as a library media specialist; and Laura Bays as speech pathologist at the Middle School.

The school calendar for the 2005-2006 year was approved by the board and Borgsmiller noted schools will be closed for President's Day on Feb. 21.