Morehouse will receive funding to improve scores
SIKESTON -- Low MAP scores among some students at Morehouse Elementary will require improvements to be made.
A School Improvement Plan for Morehouse Elementary was approved by the Sikeston Public Schools Board of Education during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
As students in grades 3-5 at Morehouse Elementary failed to make progress in improving MAP scores in math and communication arts, the improvements are required by No Child Left Behind, according to Cindy Griffin, assistant superintendent of elementary grades and special education.
The school is slated to receive $40,000 in federal funding to implement strategies and actions listed in the plan including some which will be based on the Reading First program, Griffin said.
In other business during Tuesday's meeting:
* Board members accepted the school calendar for the 2008-2009 school year as presented.
The first day of school will be Aug. 13 following orientation for the school year scheduled for Aug. 7, 8, 11 and 12.
Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 26-28. Christmas break will begin with an early dismissal on Dec. 19 with students returning to school on Jan. 5. Easter break will be April 10-13.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held Oct. 30 and March 18.
The last day of school will be May 21.
* Board members accepted a District Technology Plan for July 2008 through June 2011.
Michelle Gilmer, software coordinator, explained the plan is "our technology vision for the next three years."
Among the more ambitious goals in the non-binding plan is to equip each classroom with a SMART Board (an interactive white board) and projector.
* As recommended, board members hired Sherry Paine as an elementary teacher; Tammy Eifert as special education teacher; and Kimberley Jackson as academic leader at the high school.
* Board members accepted the retirements of Jerry Dement, a coach and physical education teacher at the high school, and Janet Moll, a second grade teacher at Morehouse Elementary School. The retirements will be effective as of the end of this school year.
* Resignations accepted by the board members were: Jennifer C. Bernett, fifth grade teacher; Ryan D. Aldrich, general music grades 5-8; Richard J. Banville; eighth grade science teacher; Tony Maltbia, director of the Career and Technology Center; and Theresa Seiler, A+LS teacher at 7th and 8th Grade Center.
* Jenny Hobeck presented information on the Parents as Teachers program.
"It's a great program," she said. "I think it makes a big difference."
Hobeck also reported that 239 children were screened for preschool this year.
Screenings for kindergarten are scheduled for March 3-6.