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Fieldhouse bleachers and gym flooring to be replaced

Posted Date: 02/17/2023

Fieldhouse bleachers and gym flooring to be replaced

Sikeston R-6 Board of Education approved high school gym flooring and bleacher replacement during Monday’s regular monthly meeting at Central Office.

Lorrie McClenton, director of R-6 buildings and grounds, presented information to the Board before they approved the purchase of flooring to replace the practice gym floor and the Fieldhouse floor as well as replacement bleachers in the Fieldhouse.

“All work will be performed this summer,” McClenton said, adding the maintenance department will assist with the Fieldhouse floor demolition to help keep the cost down. “All bleachers will have handrails and we will have ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) seating as well.”

Everything will be located where it is now in the Fieldhouse, she said regarding the seating.

The total project cost with demolition for the Fieldhouse floor, bleachers and high school practice gym floor is $900,329.

Heartland Seating will install the new red and black Interkal bleachers for $436,729 (demo is $28,980).

Tri-State floors will install Robbins Bio Channel Star floor systems in both gyms, McClenton said.

The cost of the Fieldhouse is flooring is $357,400 (demo is $34,700) and practice gym is $106,200 (demo is $13,800).

McClenton said school officials also have have ideas for fundraising to recoup some of the cost.

In other action by the Board, Mitchell Insurance was awarded the health insurance broker bid and Athens Paper Co. the paper bid.

Regarding the health insurance bid, the district received three bids: Cottingham & Butler; Mitchell Insurance; Marsh McLennan Agency. The district team (comprised of some Sikeston Community Teacher Association insurance committee members, building administrators, central office administrators and board members) reviewed the proposals, selected two firms for presentations (Mitchell Insurance and Marsh McLennan Agency), and recommended Mitchell Insurance for approval by the board.

By Leonna Heuring/Standard Democrat

In informational items presented during Monday’s meeting, Dr. Kimberley Blissett, R-6 assistant superintendent of elementary education, briefed the Board on the district’s elementary enrollment. Currently, she said the four first grade classrooms at Lee Hunter Elementary are at 25 students per teacher, which is what the state considers maximum capacity.

By comparison, Wing Elementary has 20 students per first grade class and has five first grade teachers while Southeast Elementary has 15 students per first grade class and four first grade teachers.

Blissett said she brought the information to the Board as a proactive measure so options can be explored and plans put in place for next school year. Blissett said she will prepare a data analysis for continued discussions with the Board to resolve the class size issues.

Other informational items included:

— R-6 Superintendent Shannon Holifield also provided an update on the district’s building projects. A punch-list remains at Lee Hunter Elementary, and progress is being made on the construction of the kindergarten multipurpose building/safe room. However, conditions drier conditions are needed, she said.

— Chad King, director of Sikeston Career and Technology Center, briefed the board on the yearly Perkins and vocational grants report. King said he continues to write grants for SCTC programs.

Sikeston Middle School principals provided an achievement update about their students and building.

— Districtwide student enrollment is at 3,239, which is down some from the same time last year.