TOWNSHIP OF ADAMS – Clinton-Massie continues to work on the prospect of having a health center on campus and, more importantly, continues to progress.
Clinton-Massie Superintendent Matt Baker reported to the school board this week that the school district has seven parties interested in partnering with Clinton-Massie on what is officially called a School Health Center (SBHC ).
Five of these interested parties came to campus for a visit, and several parties requested additional information. School district officials narrowed it down to two health partner finalists, Baker said.
School-based health centers have emerged over the past 50 years as “a cost-effective service delivery model that improves access to health care and outcomes for young people,” according to the Journal of Adolescent Health. There are over 2,500 SBHCs across the United States on or near school campuses.
SBHCs provide primary and preventive health care.
Federal funds would be used to renovate the adjoining space of the health center – not local taxpayer money, Baker said.
The superintendent hopes to recommend a health partner at the July education council session, if it appears the costs to have a facility are covered.
The healthcare provider Baker plans to recommend is ready to sign a two-year lease, Baker told board members.
This momentum for an SBHC on the Clinton-Massie’s Lebanon Road campus gained momentum when the school district recently received a $ 20,000 grant from the Clinton County Legacy Fund for the School Health Center project.
“It’s a huge win,” Baker said.
Grant funds will cover interior components such as examination tables, furniture, desks, cleaning supplies, etc., he said.
This sets up a health partner for even greater success, the superintendent said.
In applying for a Legacy Fund grant, Clinton-Massie District School Nurse Cindy Stenger put in a lot of time and effort, Baker said. She was assisted by Tiffany Penewit and Mariah Moore.
“I am very excited,” Baker concluded.
In other news, board members prefer to get a feasibility study and site master plan for the entire campus grounds, rather than just a site survey and planning for potential improvements to equipment. related to outdoor sports such as bleachers, lighting, changing room and moving. the baseball field.
Clinton-Massie Education Council Chairman Jeremy Lamb suggested it made sense to have an expert look at the site as a whole and give advice on how the whole pitch of the campus must evolve. One example Lamb gave was the existing location of the bus barn, which helps mix school buses with cars and pedestrians.
Also at the meeting, Southern Ohio Educational Service Center (SOESC) Superintendent Beth Justice presented a video on the organization’s annual review. The Wilmington-based center serves a dozen area school districts, including four in Clinton County.
She said the SOESC is always looking for ways to identify “sore spots” for school districts and then come up with creative ways and solutions to alleviate those sore spots.
The video can be viewed by visiting the home page of www.southernohioesc.org and clicking on the Southern Ohio ESC 2020-2021 Year-in-Review video box.
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Clinton-Massie local schools treasurer Carrie Bir reports on district finances.
Beth Justice, superintendent of the Wilmington-based Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, gives a presentation to the Clinton-Massie School Board.