SIKESTON -- The atmosphere in the Sikeston R-6 School District is mostly pleasant for teachers, students and parents, according to the district's latest school climate survey.
This year 61 percent, or 194, of the 318 eligible teachers, library media specialists, counselors, speech pathologists, administrators and directors participated in the survey, said Joyce Mays, human resources director, as she briefed school board members during Tuesday's regular meeting.
"Overall, we had positive results," Mays said. "Eighty-nine percent were at the agreeable level at 75 percent and above."
And those items included a school having parent involvement, improved communication, being supportive, safe and orderly, promoting a drug-free environment and having challenging work for students.
"This was the first year we could compare data from previous year," Mays said. "In looking at last year, there were some more positive improvements, and those were that classrooms and schools are safe, orderly and neat as well as clean and well-maintained and also seeing improvement were schools providing teachers with resources and offering a strong academic program."
Graduation preparation is moving right along, said Sikeston Senior High School Principal Tom Williams.
About 220 graduates, including both senior high and New Horizons students, are expected to graduate during the 7 p.m. ceremony May 23. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
"As far as reserved seating, parents have been issued 10 tickets -- four on the floor and six for in the bleachers," Williams told the board.
Police have been contacted and are ready to assist in any way they can in supervision, Williams said.
Several teachers and elementary principals will also be supervising the event. Other technical and security measures have also been taken, such as exit signs placed in the Field House in case of emergency procedures, he said.
Lori Boardman, business services director, said she is working on the district's budget to be approved next month.
"The expenditures have fallen in place pretty well," Boardman said. "The biggest challenge at this point will be projecting revenues which we've started working on now. We have information now from DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) that shows how to use the new formula."
The board will see the complete budget June 13, Boardman said.
Also on Tuesday, the board renewed its service agreement policy with the Missouri School Board Association for another year. The board agreed to pay a fee of $1,950 for the "full maintenance plus personnel" policy, which includes keeping the district up to date on board policies.
The following people were hired by the board for the 2006-2007 school year: Ashley Ford, Gennice Gipson, Penny Hale, Sarah Meyers and Amber Vaught, elementary instructors; Adrienne Francis and Ginger Schwab, middle school instructors; Melody Green, secondary science instructor; Kay Kimball, nail tech instructor at Sikeston Career and Technology Center; and Shelia George and Jean "Michele" Manning, practical nursing instructors for the district's practical nursing school.
Dr. Larry Bohannon, assistant superintendent of professional development and secondary grades, noted the last day of school is May 26 with dismissal at 10:30 a.m. High school finals will be during fifth period May 24; sixth, seventh and eighth periods May 25; and first, second and third periods May 26.