Sikeston School Board
SIKESTON -- Nearly one year after school districts were mandated by state and federal regulations to adopt wellness policies, a review committee has found Sikeston R-6 school district is in compliance with policy guidelines.
Lori Boardman, business services director, briefed the board with the district's wellness committee report during Tuesday's regular meeting.
To continue participation in the National School Lunch Program school districts had to adopt a policy by July 2006, which Sikeston did, Boardman recalled.
The district's wellness policy focuses on two main areas: nutrition guidelines and nutrition and physical education, which Boardman said the district are in compliance with.
"As part of the wellness program, one of the things implemented in 2006-2007 school year was Early Childhood Center snacks are now chosen from an approved snack list which limits the calories, fat/saturated fat, sodium and sugar intake," Boardman said.
Food Services is offering balanced choice meals at least twice a week and a la carte menus have been updated to include healthier choices -- more whole grains and lower fat content, Boardman said.
"The committee is currently gathering data from school administrators in an effort to set priorities for areas to review in 2007-2008," Boardman said. "The committee will be expanded in 2007-2008 and meeting dates have been scheduled for the fall."
Boardman also updated the board on the district's budget to be approved next month. She said assistant superintendents are doing the final review of purchase requisitions, and district codes were updated to reflect reorganization of grade levels next year.
"I'm at the point now where revenue projections are being reviewed and updated as soon as the information comes down from the state so the process is going slow but well," Boardman said.
Also on Tuesday, the board accepted the final certificate of substantial completion of the Math and Science Center.
"As you know we had a partial acceptance of the building several months ago for part of the building that did not have water damage as result of the sprinkler head discharge on New Year's Eve," Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller told the board.
As of April 4 the district had substantial completion and began occupying the building, Borgsmiller said, adding this is the formality which now starts the one-year warranty period for the remainder of the building not approved earlier.
"It's ours now-- 100 percent complete," Borgsmiller said.
In other business, former board member Mary White-Ross was recognized by the board for her service from April 2004-2007.
"We will really miss your input and your contributions," Board President Paul Boyd told White-Ross.
White-Ross received crystal book ends from the board and a wooden plaque from the Southeast Missouri Board of Education and Superintendents Association.
"I served the board with good honor and am certain I'll be at some of the meetings. ... I'm still interested in doing what I can do to help out," White-
Sikeston Senior High School Principal Tom Williams said procedures are under way for graduation, which will begin at 7 p.m. May 22 in the Field House.
Security and supervision have been set, he said.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. Reserved seating is set for 10 tickets per graduate -- four on the floor and six in the bleachers.
"Prior to graduation we will have an announcement reminding everyone to act responsible and keep disruptions to a minimum to make this a respectful event," Williams said.
The board ratified the employments of Marsha Kern, elementary reading coach; Sarah Mahy, Ashley Whitley and Kristi Williams, elementary classroom teachers; Alicia Martin, sixth grade classroom teacher; Abby White, fifth grade classroom teacher; and Amy Sappington-Houseman, special education teacher. Summer Ray was approved for hire as a special education teacher.
The retirements of Ann Graham and Donna Green and resignations of James Hitt and Teiffany Tyler were accepted by the board.
Dr. Larry Bohannon, assistant superintendent of professional development and secondary grades, noted the last day of school is May 24 with dismissal at noon.
SIKESTON -- Several bids were awarded during the Sikeston R-6 Board of Education meeting Tuesday.
-- The health insurance bid was awarded to Mitchell Insurance for Anthem Blue Cross, which reflected a 5.5 rate increase. Buck Smith, co-chair of the insurance committee, said the committee unanimously recommended the Sikeston business, which was the sole bidder.
-- At the 3-2 vote recommendation of the school picture committee, the school picture bid, which was for one year with the option to renew for up to three years, was awarded to Interstate Studios.
-- The school audit bid was awarded to the sole bidder of Spitzmiller, Bridger and Co. in Sikeston for $28,000 per year.
"Basically they come in here in July and worked with us until November so that's a lot of service for dollar amount. They basically do an internal audit for us as well as provide the required checks mandated by the state," said Lori Boardman, R-6 director of business services.
-- The bid for a van, which will be used for in-service by staff, was awarded to Sikeston Motor Co. for a 2007 Ford Freestar van for the net trade-in price of $17,464.
-- The bid for a new truck with a utility bed for the building and grounds department was awarded to Morlan Dodge Inc. in the amount of $22,455.