Atrium, laboratory, teacher workroom and general amenities funded
SIKESTON -- Several bid packages for the Sikeston R-6 Math and Science Center were awarded during Tuesday's regular Board of Education meeting.
"We're finally getting toward closure on the expenditure of funds from the bond that we'll be able to zero that out, hopefully, when we're all said and done," Sikeston R-6 Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller told board members about the various bid packages.
The first of four bid packages awarded was for the atrium for a total of $14,748.
This package included 10 banners for $1,960 to Canedy Sign Co.; directional signs for $855 to Canedy Sign Co; 24 solar shades for $7,229 to Design & Blinds.com; four plants and planters for $1,152 to Bizzell Landscaping; three entry rugs for $540 to G&K Services; two runners for $730 to G&K Services; two atrium rugs for $912 to Lowes; and two acrylic display cases and accessories for $1,370 to Gaylord.
The second bid package awarded totaled $3,589 and was for the laboratory. The following bids were awarded: K&K Construction for one safety shower and eyewash station in room 112 for $1,439.79; Select Safety Sales.com for five first aid stations, two-shelf units for $441.86; Best Quality Safety.com for four fire blankets and cabinets for $247.89; Steward Steel for four interior door lock sets and keypads for $932; and Division 10 Inc. for one white board for the physics classroom for $528.
Board members awarded the teacher workroom package in the amount of $686 to Scheffer's for a marker board for $449 and an occasional table for $237.
The fourth bid package for general amenities totaled $5,936. Crowd Control Warehouse was awarded the bid for four pedestrian tension barriers for $596 and eight pedestrian barrier receivers for $56. C/S Croup was awarded the bid for two pedimats for $1,629, and Mohawk Sign Systems Inc. will supply emergency exit signage for $2,050. Division 10 Inc. was awarded the bids for six tack boards for $755 and tack strip for $850.
More bids were awarded for technology equipment throughout the district.
"As the board of education knows, the budget that was approved for the fiscal year 2008 in the technology department included money to expand our technology capabilities in all of our buildings," Borgsmiller said.
Borgsmiller noted the initial package put together by the board helped level out the availability of technology in all of the district's buildings.
"In doing this, we've had to break the bid package out into several different ways," Borgsmiller explained about the three different bids.
Hi-Tech Communications was awarded the bid for seven portable projectors for $7,446.25 and nine fixed projectors for $9,573.75 and the installation of those units for $14,723.14. The bid for 30 SMART boards went to EVS for $35,580 while the bid for 17 laptops was awarded to Dell for $18,649.
Also on Tuesday, Scheffer's Office Furniture and Business Machines was awarded the copier bid for $.011 per black and white copy/print and $.085 per color copy/print. The bid is one-year renewable for three additional years. Estimated savings based on the district's estimated annual copy count of 12.7 million is $27,856.40 per year compared to the next lowest vendor bid, according to Lori Boardman, R-6 director of business services.
In other business, board members accepted the resignation of Joelle Mayfield, junior counselor at the high school.
The board approved the employment of the non-tenured teaching staff for 2008-2009 school year.
Terry Flanagan was hired as a physical education teacher for grades 9-12 and track coach for the 2008-2009 school year.
Nonie Fuchs, Ann Jones and Fred Steward were appointed by the school board to the Education Foundation Board of Trustees. Their terms begin today and will end March 8, 2011.
Andy Comstock, assistant superintendent of secondary education and professional development, briefed the board with a follow-up report on the district's 2007 graduates.
The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires school districts to follow up on their high school graduates each year.
Of the 203 graduates from the 2006-2007 school year, 93 are enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution, 85 are employed, seven have joined a branch of armed services and 18 have not been placed, Comstock told the board.
"We had 91.3 percent placement of 2007 graduates," Comstock said.
Borgsmiller noted 90 percent is considered very good.