SIKESTON -- Sikeston R-6 parents will see a 15-cent across-the-board increase in the price of their children's meals and a collective increase of 5 percent for a la carte items beginning next school year.
During Tuesday's regular meeting, R-6 Board of Education members approved the increases, specifically the reduced lunch rates of 45 cents for breakfast and 55 cents for lunch with rates to be adjusted to the maximum allowed by the state for 2007-2008 should the state allowance be less than the recommended rates.
"The reason the exception is (included in the proposal) is because currently the state level is at 40 cents for reduced meals, and they don't always raise that every year. We will know that closer to August," said Lori Boardman, R-6 director of business services.
So if the state increases free and reduced lunch prices above Sikeston's levels, the district's levels will be frozen, superintendent Steve Borgsmiller noted.
"The prices are based on some needs that were suggested to the district in order to maintain a level funding for the food service," Borgsmiller said.
In addition to reduced prices, breakfast prices for prekindergarten through sixth grades will be 90 cents for students who qualify for full price and $1.05 for adults; lunch prices will be $1.50 for full paid and $2 for adults.
For grades 7-12, breakfast prices will be $1.05 for full paid and adults; lunch prices will be $1.75 for full paid and $2 for adults.
Prices of a la carte items will vary for each item.
"When you evaluate the cost of delivery of food and their food prices, this is a reasonable request," Boardman told the board.
Borgsmiller also pointed out this is the first rate increase for both type A and a la carte lunch items since the 2005-2006 school year.
In addition, the board renewed the district's contract for food management services with Chartwells Dining Service for 2007-2008.
Also, re-elected board member Paul Boyd and newly elected board member Scott Crumpecker were sworn in.
Members reorganized the board by electing new officers: Boyd, president; Ann Jones, vice president; Pete Burns, secretary; Lori Boardman, treasurer; and Cheryl White, assistant treasurer.
Dr. Larry Bohannon, assistant superintendent of secondary education and professional development, briefed the board on the A+ Program, which was also later approved by the board. Right now 25 Sikeston seniors, 79 juniors, 75 sophomores and 27 freshmen are participating in the program for a total of 208, which is similar to last year's total of 209, Bohannon noted. Twenty-
five seniors are on track to qualify with the A+ scholarship this year. Of those 16 plan on using the A+ scholarship.
The program requires students to complete a certain number of tutoring/
mentoring hours throughout their high school career. If completed, they can receive scholarships to four-year schools in Missouri.
Also of interest is 2,542 tutoring/mentoring hours have been logged as of April 2 compared to 593 hours last year, Bohannon said. This is attributed to the cadet teaching program, which was added last year, he said.
Spring parent-teacher conferences conducted March 21-22 were successful, according to district officials.
Districtwide for prekindergarten through fourth grade (and one fifth grade class) parent attendance was 91 percent. The remaining fifth grade classes had 90 percent of their parents attend conferences.
Middle School parental attendance was 90 percent; junior high was 80 percent; senior high was 82 percent; and alternative school was 73 percent.
The board accepted the retirements of Dr. Larry Bohannon, Sandy Estes, Rick Oetting and Melanie Wood; and the resignations of Laura Hendley, Judith Henry, Felicia Kennedy and Teiffney Tyler.
The board approved Melody Green, Brooke King and Carol Smith for re-
employment next school year in addition to the non-tenured teachers re-
employed at last month's meeting.
The following new employees were also approved for hiring: Natalie Kirk and Amanda Sanders for elementary grades (K-4); Elizabeth Sitzes and Carissa Ware for middle grades (5-8); Andrew Delles and Crystal Villanueva for secondary grades (9-12); and Tonya Johnson, Kimberly Schott and Sharon Sorrell as counselors.
Student enrollment is up about 60 more students than the same time last year at 3,652.