SIKESTON -- Sikeston R-6 Board of Education members approved two change orders of bid packages for the district's Math and Science Center during Tuesday's regular meeting.
The millwork/casework bid package was amended by an increase of $1,843 for the purpose of replacing existing cases from B building on the high school campus.
"In moving some of our existing equipment from the biology and chemistry labs (to the new Center), we had some damage to some of those by termites," Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller said. "This is the second round where we've had some casework replaced."
Board Vice President Paul Boyd asked if the project was "still way under budget." Borgsmiller said it was.
The other change order approved was to add $775 to the drywall/ACT bid package for the purpose of covering a metal brace with drywall in the building's main lobby and tower areas.
"This is a matter of aesthetics, and this was done at my request," Borgsmiller told the board. "I thought that, aesthetically, with that being a high visibility area there should be something there in regards to the higher wall if there was a metal brace coming across.
"And I suggested they go ahead and cover that so we wouldn't have that possible exposure where it wasn't going to look as nice," Borgsmiller said, adding it would be well worthwhile.
Also during Tuesday's meeting, the board approved the employment of Jerry Winberry for a special education position in the secondary grades. He is currently employed with the district as a long-term substitute teacher and as one of the assistant wrestling coaches.
The board also approved the expansion of the district's umbrella liability insurance coverage for the maximum of $10 million for $20,475.
In other business, Cindy Griffin, assistant superintendent of elementary grades and special services, briefed the board on the district's Parents as Teachers program.
"It has been a successful program," Griffin said.
The district's PAT program has four full-time parent educators. It serves 483 students ages birth to 3 and 417 students ages 3 to 5. Sixty-eight teen parents utilize the program. The program's allocation is $198,925, which is based on predetermined quotas by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
"The whole purpose is to increase the public's awareness of the PAT program to all the parents living within the district and to provide parents with the tools they need because they are the child's first teacher," Griffin said.
Over the 20-plus years the district has held many group meetings at either the Sikeston Public Library or the Kindergarten Center. This past month, an event was held for the first time at Mission Missouri in Sikeston in order to reach new parents, Griffin said.
"We had 18 families attend. Of those 18 families, three were the first-time they participated in the program," Griffin said. "Two or three of the families were enrolled in the program but for some reason didn't have transportation and were unable to attend group meetings."
So having the meeting at a different location helped four or five different families, Griffin said, adding one of the program's goals to provide additional locations for group meetings.
Griffin said the program's objectives are to increase the percentage of prenatal to 3-year-old families served and to increase the percentage of minority families in both the prenatal to 3 years and 3-year-olds to 5-year-
olds program. The percentage of prenatal to 3 year families served during 2005-2006 increased 1 percent from the previous year.
Another program goal is to gather data that will be used to compare different areas of students who participated in the program to students who didn't participate.
"We think we will find there has been an impact by PAT program," Griffin said. Compared to the same time as last year, district enrollment is up by 125 students at 3,743 students in grades K-12. This figure is higher than the past five years with the exception of 2003-2004, Borgsmiller said.