SIKESTON -- Despite economic challenges faced by all Missouri school districts, Sikeston R-6 continues to fare well with its fiscal management.
Richard Dennis of Spitzmiller, Hobbs, Bridger and Co. in Sikeston, presented the district's fiscal year 2006 auditor's report during Tuesday's regular board of education meeting.
"These financial statements represent the district's financial position," Dennis said.
For the year, the district had a net decrease in assets of $8,866, and $933,141 was spent on the construction costs of the new math and science center on the Senior High campus, Dennis said.
"This shows the district is financially stable with $15.7 million in cash position with $11.7 million of that unrestricted," Dennis said. Dennis told the board the Sikeston Public Schools Foundation is being audited.
"It is not part of the financial statements because of it's small size, but I wanted you to know on Nov. 15, we filed the form 990 -- a return for nonprofit organization. That was the first return to be filed for it," Dennis said. He also noted last fiscal year the district received $1 million from the Department of Agriculture and $3 million from the Department of Education with a total of $4.475 million of federal funds. No discrepancies were found in those, he said.
In other business, Dr. Marisa Bowen, assistant superintendent of curriculum and middle grades, briefed the board on results from the district's annual school report card, which was made available Dec. 1 by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Included in the district report cards, which provide a detailed insight on the programs and demographics of a district, is the district's final Annual Performance Report (APR).
"Out of 14 possible standards, Sikeston R-6 district met 10," Bowen said of Sikeston's APR. "The district must meet nine or more standards in order to receive accreditation."
Sikeston isn't going through the accreditation process, or the Missouri School Improvement Plan review, this year but it will in 2008-2009 so Bowen hopes to have 10 or more that year, she said.
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 adequate yearly progress subgroup achievement.
Bowen noted the district made eight of its 10 AYP subgroups; only 75 percent was needed to the meet the goal. The two subgroups that didn't meet the 2005-2006 targets were Individualized Education Program middle school students in communication arts and math.
Groups not met were grades 6-8 communication arts and math, grades 9-11 math and the career education placement standard.
"Buildings have developed a plan to address these areas we need to improve next year; they've set goals," Bowen said, adding she thinks the district will have no problem meeting three of the unmet goals and possibly all four next year.
Other available information in the report cards are teacher salaries, staffing ratios, MAP scores, enrollment, rates of pupil attendance, high school graduation/dropout rates, average years of experience, high school ACT scores and more.
To access the district's report card online, visit the Sikeston R-6 Web site at www.sikeston.k12.mo.us or the DESE Web site at dese.mo.gov.
The board also accepted the request for retirement from Kindergarten Center teacher Brenda Moore, who has taught for 29 years in the district.
Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller noted school will dismiss early Dec. 20 for Christmas and New Year's holidays and will resume Jan. 3.