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Sikeston report card now available online

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

SIKESTON -- Sikeston Public Schools' annual school district report card has been available online since Dec. 1, and hard copies of the report are currently in the process of being printed and distributed to local businesses.

"It's (report card) a great resource to everyone in the community and provides an insight on the programs and demographics of the district," said Dr. Stephanie Reddick, assistant superintendent of curriculum for Sikeston Public Schools, at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday. "It informs the public in detail about the district."

This year's reports, which are mandated by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, include new information required by No Child Left Behind such as disaggregate data performance on the MAP tests and a list of the percent of staff whose highest degree is above a bachelor's degree, Reddick told the board.

Other available information in the reports are teacher salaries, staffing ratios, MAP scores, disciplinary actions, enrollment, rates of pupil attendance, high school graduation/dropout rates, average years of experience, high school ACT scores and a lot more, Reddick noted.

To access the district's report card online, visit the Sikeston Public Schools Web site at www.sikeston.k12.mo.us or the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Web site at dese.mo.gov.

Also during Tuesday's meeting, superintendent Steve Borgsmiller asked the board to consider approval of the agreement for the Committee for Educational Equality which would call for the board to approve the second assessment of $951.54 for the lawsuit. That total is based on the student count in September, he told the board, which approved the agreement.

Since joining the CEE's fight for equity and adequacy in funding for Missouri Public Schools, Sikeston R-6 has spent a little over $2,000, Borgsmiller said. No matter what the total cost of the litigation is in the end, Borgsmiller told the board the district will make up what it spends in less than one year with a new foundation formula.

Membership for the Committee for Educational Equality is currently at 243, he said, and the lawsuit will be filed somewhere between Dec. 15-19.

Other issues addressed at Tuesday's meeting include the following:

-- Lynn Crader, New Horizons principal, said the school expects to graduate eight or nine students so far this year. -- Sikeston Senior High Cheerleaders were recognized for winning first place in the MCCA championship. They haven't won first place in seven years, officials said. And the Sikeston football team was also recognized for receiving the school sportsmanship award at the 58th Annual Poplar Bluff Letter Club Grid Iron Banquet. This was the first time the team received the award, board members noted.

-- Resignations of Terry Flannigan and Jackie Waller were accepted; and retirements of Ed Cowan, Linda Underwood, Mary Crader, Mignonne Flagg, Rebecca S. Couch, Jackie Cowan and Bonnie Stewart were accepted.

-- To help with an overload in the area, the board approved the employment of the district's fifth speech pathologist, Andrea Cunningham. Her employment will be effective Dec. 15.

-- Sikeston Public Schools will dismiss for Christmas vacation at noon Dec. 19 and resume Jan. 5.