SIKESTON -- If this were an accreditation year, Sikeston R-6 School District would pass with flying colors.
The district received the maximum number of points possible to receive accreditation. However, the district won't go through the official accreditation process, or the Missouri School Improvement Plan review, until the 2008-
2009 school year.
During Tuesday's regular meeting, Dr. Marisa Bowen, assistant superintendent of middle school grades and curriculum, briefed the school board on the district's report card.
Included in the report cards, which provide a detailed insight on the programs and demographics of a district, is the district's finalized Annual Performance Report. The report was released Dec. 15 by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Out of 14 possible standards, the district met all 14, Bowen said. To receive accreditation, the district must meet nine or more standards, she explained.
"The district met 10 standards in addition to three bonus points as a result of closing the achievement gap in the minority and free and reduced lunch student population," Bowen said. "An additional point was awarded as a result of the Missouri Assessment Program Index scores increasing from 2006 to 2007 in a majority of the grade level spans in math and communication arts."
The standards Sikeston met were grades 3-5 math and communication arts, grades 9-11 communication arts, standard for ACT, advanced courses requirement, career education courses requirement, college placement, graduation rate, attendance rate and career education placement.
Bonus points standards were grades 6-8 math and communication arts and grades 9-11 math. The additional bonus was possible because five of six grade span performance standards showed improvement in their MAP Index scores.
The standard not met by the district was the achievement subgroups.
"Although we realize that No Child Left Behind requires continued growth and that we must continue to work and set goals to improve weak academic areas in all subgroups assessed, we should be very pleased with these results," Bowen said.
She continued: "The teachers and administrative staff have worked hard and have been committed to focusing on improving instruction and student achievement."
In other business Tuesday, the board awarded the bid to purchase two new buses.
"As the board of education knows, on an annual basis we solicit bids for our transportation service, and we try to buy two new buses for our fleet every year to retire the older vehicles," Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller said.
The district received bids from Central Bus Sales Inc. in St. Louis and Ponder Equipment Co. in Linn. The board awarded the recommended bid of two 78-
passenger buses for $74,980 per unit to Central Bus Sales Inc.
Board members also voted to excuse board member Bill Priday's recent meeting absences. Board vice president Rick Adams noted Priday's absences are due to an extended illness.
Also on Tuesday Cindy Griffin, assistant superintendent of elementary grades and special education, gave a report on the district's special education profile for the 2006-2007 school year.
Of the indicators Sikeston R-6 is measured on, those met were: percentages of children with Individual Education Plans, or EPS, served in separate settings; participation rate for children with EPS on both state assessments for communication arts and math; and the areas for secondary transition -- the graduation and dropout rates of students with disabilities, Griffin said.
Areas the district did not meet but which goals have been set for the current school year include the placement, which is the percentage of time students with EPS are in the regular education classroom and proficiency rates on statewide assessments in both communication arts and math, Griffin said.
"These will be addressed through an improvement plan we will be submitting to the state in March and that we will bring to you for further information at a later date," Griffin told the board.
District counselors Lisa Vaughn and Helen Hensley also presented to the board the annual report for the school's guidance counseling services.
The counselors said they were pleased with several programs, especially the high school's Link Crew program and the Fifth and Sixth Grade and Seventh and Eighth Grade Center's peer mediation program because they helped in the transition process of moving students to other buildings this year.
With Link Crew, upperclassmen served as mentors to the freshmen, and the peer mediation program is a conflict resolution program by helping students learn to solve conflicts peacefully.
A counseling advisory committee is being developed of school staff, parents, community members and students. The committee will be used to give guidance and feedback to enhance the comprehensive guidance program.
In other business, the board accepted the retirement of Libby Caskey, library media specialist, and the resignation of Marnii Peel, special education teacher at the Seventh and Eighth Grade Center. Elizabeth Renaud was hired to teach at Matthews Elementary for this school year.