Friday, June 13, 2014

LMSD Board Looks at TeleHealth and Recognizes Mentors

The Louisville Municipal School District Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in a regularly scheduled meeting.

After approving the minutes of the previous meeting, the board accepted a significant number of donations to various schools in the district for victims of the recent tornado.

The board also voted to approve to dispose of unused textbooks from various schools in the district.

Officials from the University Medical Center made a presentation to the board on a Telehealth pilot program. Christi Henderson with UMC explained the program that would allow students to have access to a doctor while still in school preventing lost time in the classroom and missed work time for parents.

The program would work with school nurses and staff to provide a virtual examination through BlueTooth technology over a secure network. Henderson indicated that this program is already implemented in many businesses across the country and UMC is looking for pilot schools to implement the program in the state of Mississippi.

Henderson said that the program can help fill gaps in healthcare in rural areas and keep kids in school while still maintaining a relationship with local health providers. Telehealth would provide all equipment and bill through the student’s insurance resulting in no cost to the school. Pilot programs are being considered also in Clinton, Pascagoula, Hinds County and Grenada.

After discussion, the Board agreed to move ahead with planning for the program to begin in the Fall.

The board also took time to recognize mentors who were involved in the Drop – Out Prevention program across the district. See our upcoming article.

The board approved a Technology Enhancement Grant in the amount of $12,210.

Sheila Reed gave a presentation on the school food service program and after review the Board approved the school food service policy and procedures manual for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

The Board tabled any action on the sale of the Gum Branch property owned by the District.

After discussion the board approved to suspend the position of Assistant Secretary as a board position and then voted to approve the revised method of election of officers for the Board of Trustees.

In financial matters, the Board approved the claims docket, bank balances and financial reports, transferred interest funds between accounts and set the date for the approval of budget as of June 19.

In procedural matters the board approved the Professional Development Plan to the 2014 – 2015 school year as well as the Student and Personnel Handbooks for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

The board approved the low bid for janitorial supplies for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

The Board also approved the Consolidated Federal Program Application for the 2014 – 2015 school year for title II in the amount of $960,467 and title I in the amount of $216,292.

The Board approved the Parental Involvement Policy for the 2014-2015 school year.

The Board approved a request for a student transfer from Louisville to Noxapater .

The Board also discussed personnel issues and had further discussion on coaching supplements for the upcoming school year before going into executive session on potential litigation on an EEOC complaint.