SIKESTON -- A Sikeston business is helping the R-6 School District fund its Parents as Teachers program this year.
Representatives with Unilever in Sikeston presented a check for $13,706 to Board President Scott Crumpecker and Jenny Hobeck, supervisor of the Sikeston R-6 School District's PAT program, during Tuesday's regular school board meeting.
"On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you very much," Crumpecker told the Unilever employees.
Over the past two years Missouri has cut funding for Parents as Teachers by 60 percent. Facing their own funding obstacles, many local school districts were forced to downsize their PAT programs.
"Our program has been slashed considerably," Hobeck said. "We're down to one PAT educator where were had four full-time educators last year. This money will help offset costs for our educator's salary, for supplies and help to give those home visits and group meetings to parents in our community."
In other business, the Board accepted the retirement of head football coach Kent Gibbs as a teacher for the district. Board member Toni Kellett added: "Kent Gibbs will continue to be our football coach even though he will not be teaching."
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