The Board was updated on the press box which is in the process of being completed. This will provide a storage area for teams and coaches, as well as become a great asset for the football field.
From awards to organizations and new happenings at the school, Dr. Karen Oldham, principal and Mrs. Amy Kammer, assistant principal were highly complimented on their job well done for the many accomplishments received.
Several theatre students also presented a short skit of their play, “Wonderland Rock.” Board members were very impressed with the student’s acting abilities.
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A Medicaid report was given by Mandi Pierce of the Mason County Special Education Department who informed the Board members about how Medicaid monies are collected and how the system works. She also provided a break down of numbers of students enrolled in Mason County Schools for February 2010, the number of students in Special Education for April 2010, and the number of students that are Medicaid eligible for billing reimbursement for April 2010. Pierce’s job involves work that was first set up by Dr. Doug Sturgeon, Director of Special Education. Pierce is responsible for going through Special Education student’s forms and finding which are eligible for Medicaid and other services including care coordination and speech services. She also is involved in assisting new employees in the department on helping them receive training and getting their license updated. According to Pierce, 83 percent of bills sent are returned. Teresa Warner, Vice President of the Board, commented that the system is “better than in years past.” Dr. Capehart, Superintendent, continued stating that “Mandi has 20 years of experience and does an excellent job.”
Mrs. Reed was in attendance to ask the Board to create a policy on bereavement banks for those who need days off school. Reed informed the Board that the worst thing is to have to go without pay during family medical leave or other needed reasons. The policy will help members of the American Federation of Teachers Organization. Dr. Capehart informed Reed that under the NEOLA policy review, some sort of action should be able to be taken.
Bus Operator, K.D. Hess, was present to inform the Board members about a problem with traffic control at Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High School during afterschool hours. Hess expressed his concern for the safety of the students who drive and walk home from school. He asked the Board to consider adopting a red light system or to change the times that students who ride the bus to be dismissed earlier than those who drive. Dr. Capehart and Board members agreed to find a safer way for everyone to get home and will work on a plan of action for the remainder of the school year.