SIKESTON -- Although it won't be formally approved until next month, it looks as though -- for the first time -- the Sikeston R-6 School District will offer a daycare to some of its employees for the upcoming school year.
An hour before the scheduled regular Sikeston Board of Education meeting Tuesday, Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller came across some information he thought might change the minds of the board, who had previously opted not to approve the establishment of a daycare for district employees whose children were ages 2-5.
Prior to the end of the 2002-2003 school year, district employees learned the Missouri Preschool Project (MOP) was moving to the Kindergarten Center's Early Childhood Center, leaving the MOP trailer unit vacant. It was later presented to the board to turn the facility into a daycare for its staff.
"Last (Monday) night we discussed at length the possibility of a daycare provider for this incoming school year," Borgsmiller said. "One of the things that we were concerned with was cost.
He continued: "When making the phone call today to advise the owner of the MOP trailer that we would not be needing it, he made us an offer that I think may bear some reconsideration by the Board of Education."
Laura Hendley of the Sikeston Career and Technology Center told the board that the vendor -- by entering into the negotiation -- came up with the following figures: $5,000 per year for a three-year commitment; $6,000 per year for a two-year commitment; and $7,000 per year for a one-year commitment.
The new figures were significantly lower than the current contract on the trailer --$9,900, Hendley noted.
"If we went with the three-year commitment of $5,000 with the seven children that we currently have indicated are still interested (in the daycare) we would be able to cash-flow the daycare facility by utilizing the MOP modular unit in place right now," Hendley explained.
Since the new information wasn't on the meeting's agenda, the board couldn't officially vote on the item. Instead, the board straw polled and will formally vote to approve the establishment of the daycare provider at its regular meeting on Aug. 14.
"If nothing else, we have other uses for the unit should the daycare not go after its first year," Borgsmiller said. "We have lots of things we can do with it."
Borgsmiller also took the time Tuesday to discuss the outcome of this year's summer school.
"Overall summer school -- from an anecdotal situation -- seems to have gone extremely well," Borgsmiller said. "There were few problems as far as transportation and very few calls as far as complaints with the way we changed the format this year."
More information concerning summer school results is being gathered and will be presented at a later date, Borgsmiller said.
Dr. Larry Bohannon said approximately 20 new teachers will join the school district for the 2003-2004 school year.
And board member Bob Depro noted Sikeston Kindergarten Center teacher Melissa Eakins will serve on the Missouri State Teachers Association executive board, adding that Sikeston hasn't had a teacher serve on the board in years.