What should be on the BHSD's Agenda?

BHSD to operate private clinic?

The BHSD's "wellness center" (i.e., clinic for employees) is well on its way to becoming a reality, and our school board has found yet another way to distract themselves from their mission.

A Board of Education is supposed focus on the education of students in their district.  Ours seems to focus on everything else.

Tell me, should our school district enter into the health care business?  What do you think?

Don't we already have doctors and clinics in our area?  Aren't some of them paying taxes to the school district and township?

Seems to me that medical care is readily available in our area.  Is a taxpayer-funded "private" clinic a good idea?  I don't think so, and if I was on the board of education, I would have acted to shut this issue DOWN.

Some argue that the clinic will "save money."  No proof was offerred at the study session.  BHSD employees already have health insurance and those with chronic health issues should be smart enough to maintain a relationship with a trusted health care provider.

The clinic will likely be housed in the former Parks and Rec building on Dublin Street, near the  intersection of Telegraph and Long Lake Rds.  Outfitting the clinic will cost an estimated $80,000.  It will be staffed by a physician, a nurse, and a medical assistant.  The clinic will be open for 24 hours a week.  All services will be "free" to BHSD employees.

"Free?"  What kind of health care is "free?" 

The kind that taxpayers pay for.

I'd prefer that my education tax dollars be spent to benefit our 5400 students.

I'd prefer that our school board challenge our administration to address the significant achievement gap that exists in our schools, and the fact that our district's state and national rankings, along with our enrollment, have declined.

Frankly, if I was on the BHSD Board of Education, I would insist that every agenda item relate in some way to academic achievement or at least to benefit our students.  (I'm on the Nov. 6 ballot for the 2-year partial term to see if I can help the school board focus on the Education of Students.)

This "wellness center" does NOT benefit our students in any way, and the plan should be dropped.

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Jenny Greenwell August 22, 2012 at 12:35 AM
You know, it makes more sense to use this land for parking than for a medical clinic that might not make a lot of economic (or other) impact. Parking is expected to be a problem, anyway, at this site. Traffic issues are still being discussed. I'll have to see if I can locate a site plan or some documents. The "schematic" developed by Fielding Nair is essentially a cartoon; not an architectural drawing. (Yes, we paid a lot of money, almost $1-million) for a cartoon!) A synonym for "schematic" is "cartoon." Ask Mr. Webster if you want the entire definition. I wish our students the very best for this school year, and I hope that they are able to transition to a new school year without difficulty.
Marcia Robovitsky August 22, 2012 at 02:14 AM
From the study session board packet....p. 6 question #5. "How is the ORIGINAL new high school site plans affected, by selecting as the wellness center site, the building located behind old central administration?" Answer: BHS stated: "Based on our internal discussions and review, we would lose some green space and/or potential outdoor practice area." p. 7 Question #1-- "Is there an urgency for acting on this matter at this time?" Answer: BHS states: ".......... With many groups including BHEA, transitioning to a high deductible plan ($1250/$2500) as of November 1, 2012, URGENCY EXISTS." (capital letters were put in by me for emphasis)
Linda P August 22, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Jenny I applaud your interest in running for the board. Anyone has a right to run and if they don't think you should be elected they should run themselves but they don't they just want to bash and insult.
Jenny Greenwell August 22, 2012 at 09:18 PM
The board will hold a study session about the high school design development and this might be a good chance for you to register any concerns about the site. The meeting starts at 5 pm in the back hall of the Doyle Center, if you are able to attend. It is open to the public, but few people typically are present. It's worthwhile if you can manage the time.
Jenny Greenwell August 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM
My copies are in circulation. Why not suggest that the board post the materials on the BHSD website? There is virtually no cost involved and the information would be available to anyone who wants it. I am happy to note that the board will not vote on this issue tonight, and will focus their attention on high school plan development, instead. This is a BIG project and will take lots of time and attention to minimize disruption, maximize productivity and contain costs.


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