Board approves TeleHealth pilot program

By Daniel Brunty
The Winston County Journal

The Louisville Municipal School Board of Trustees was excited to recognize the district’s mentors during their regular monthly meeting held on June 10 at the LMSD Office.
The meeting began with the approval of the board’s agenda, consent agenda, and May 13 meeting minutes.

The board also recognized the mentors who helped students over the past year.

The board also recognized the mentors who helped students over the past year.

Before the meeting went any further, Board President Cathy Edwards thanked the board members for entrusting her in the hearing of the board. Edwards will no longer be President of the board, and with the decision made in the February 11 meeting to change the officer election policy and election system from a board vote to a rotational schedule, Betty Byrd will be the next President of the board.
Next, Superintendent Ken McMullan introduced Mary Atkinson Smith and Director of The Center for TeleHealth at the University Medical Center Kristi Henderson, who were on hand to do a presentation regarding the TeleHealth program. Smith is a Louisville High School graduate.
Henderson began the presentation by giving a brief background of the program, as well as provide the board members with booklets on the information regarding the program. Henderson wanted the board members to know how TeleHealth could have a positive effect on the school district as a whole.
“TeleHealth is about delivering healthcare from a distance,” Henderson said. “It is for places that have challenges getting doctors, nurses, healthcare, or even more importantly a child in school having to leave school, and a parent having to leave work to go get their child healthcare.”
Henderson said the TeleHealth program could prevent some of these issues by providing healthcare at the school for the child. Henderson explained by using technology such as video and audio at the school, this will allow for nurse practitioners and doctors to be available to the children while they are at school. Henderson stated they can recreate an exam just as if the doctor was standing in the room. “The technology is amazing,” Henderson said.
This technology will also support the community that the parent and student live in. Henderson stated that they have implemented the technology in a few schools and corporations at the present time. Henderson said this technology will fill gaps in healthcare for children of the schools.
Henderson informed the board members that insurance will pay for the service, just like if you visit your family doctor, and the equipment would be provided by the program. The program is also available to teachers and staff as well.
After a few questions from the board members for Henderson, a motion was made by Mrs. Byrd, seconded by Ms. Johnson, to approve moving forward with our district to be a pilot site for TeleHealth starting with the 2014-2015 school year. The motion passed unanimously.
In other news, the board:
Approved consent agenda
Approved removal from fixed assets inventory
Approved donations made to Louisville Elementary School for victims of the tornado
Approved donations made to Eiland Middle School for victims of the tornado
Approved a donation in the amount of $400.00 to Louisville High School from Ms. Ann Trap of Decatur for victims of the tornado
Approved a donation in the amount of $1,500.00 from Harrison Central High School to Louisville High School to be used by the athletic department
Approved a donation in the amount of $200.00 from Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Brasell to Louisville High School for victims of the tornado
Approved a donation in the amount of $200.00 from the Pilot Club of Lubbock TX to Noxapater Attendance Center for victims of the tornado
Approved donations made to Fair Elementary School for victims of the tornado
Approved to dispose of unusable textbooks from Fair Elementary, Louisville Elementary, Louisville High, Eiland Middle, Nanih Waiya, and Noxapater
Recognized mentors that have worked with students with dropout prevention
Approved the Dropout Prevention Plan for 2014-2016
Approved the Technology Enhancement Grant in the amount of $12,210.00
Approved the School Food Service Policy & Procedures for the 2014-2015 school year
No action taken on the sale of the Gum Branch property
Approved to suspend the position of assistant secretary as a board office and approve the revised method of election of officers
Approved the Claims Docket #313031 through #313308 and the May 2014 Activity/Agency fund checks
Approved the May 2014 bank balances and financial reports
Approved to transfer the interest earned on the Payroll Clearing and Accounts Payable Clearing Accounts for the year
Approved to set June 19, 2014, at 5:00 P.M. as the board meeting to approve the FY2015 budget
Approved the Professional Development Plan for the 2014-2015 school year
Approved the student and personnel handbooks for the 2014-2015 school year
Approved the lowest and/or best bids for janitorial supplies for the 2014-2015 school year
Approved the Consolidated Federal Program Application for the 2014-2015 school year, for Title I in the amount of $960,467.00 and Title II in the amount of $16,292.00
Approved the Parental Involvement Policy for the 2014-2015 school year
Approved student requests to transfer from Louisville to Noxapater
Approved staff resignations
Approved staff recommendations for the 2014-2015 school year
Also, a motion was made by Mr. Moody, seconded by Ms. Johnson, to go in to closed session, to decide if they needed to go in to executive session to discuss potential litigation on an EEOC complaint. The motion passed unanimously. A motion was made by Ms. Johnson, seconded by Mrs. Byrd, to go in to executive session to discuss potential litigation on an EEOC complaint. This motion passed unanimously.
A motion was made by Mr. Moody, seconded by Ms. Johnson, to approve for legal counsel to negotiate the EEOC complaint. This motion passed unanimously. A motion was made by Mrs. Byrd, seconded by Mrs. Hickman, to come out of executive session and resume the regular meeting.
The meeting was then adjourned. The LMSD Board of Trustees will have their next regular meeting on July 8, at 5:30.