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Clark County Schools Make Changes To Wellness Policy

Clark County Schools Make Changes To Wellness Policy

By Mike Scott

Clark County R-1 Schools will be abandoning the controversial Body Mass Index as part of a revision to the district’s Wellness Policy. At the Thursday night, October 9 meeting, the board approved several changes by a 3-2 margin with two members absent.

The Body Mass Index measurement was enacted to help identify students who may be overweight, and then provide that information to parents. Some felt the BMI measurement labeled students “obese”.

“Unless there is something we’re going to do with that information, we’re wasting the nurses’ time,” said board member Carmen Arnold.

The board also agreed to allow snack machines after school hours, because so many students stay after school for extra-curricular activities. Another change is to discourage teachers from using food and drink as rewards.

The board also discussed the results of a recent athletic interest survey, which found over half of the high school students’ desires for competitive athletic programs are not being met.

Among the sports that girls would like are volleyball, competitive dance and soccer.
High School principal Jason Harper reported that, prior to the survey, he had recently been approached by several girls who wanted to form a dance team, and that there was a staff member willing to be the sponsor. Later in the closed session portion of the meeting, the board approved Trina Karl for the position. The dance squad will perform locally, and may in the future travel to competitive events.

The board heard reports from Guidance & Counseling, and Transportation.
Guidance concerns include an increase of at-risk students, behavioral problems, and the dropout rate.

“Until it is not socially acceptable to drop out, this problem will continue,” High School Counselor Megan Wendling said.
Wendling was please to report that last year, 78 percent of CCR-1 graduates attended a 2 or 4 year college.

Superintendent Ritchie Kracht presented to transportaion report. The district’s busses travel 1065.9 miles per day on the routes. The fleet is in very good shape, and the district has excellent drivers with a good safety record.

In other business, the board:
–Recognized Hannah Troy for winning a national FCE essay contest.
–Accepted a bid of $37,000 from Central States Bus for the Wyaconda bus.
–Approved a computer service contract with Doty Computers.
–Discussed the need for a technology person for the district, and voted 5-0 to begin looking for a qualified person.
–Continued the discussion about forming an alternative school in cooperation with Scotland County. The school would be at Wyaconda, and Mr. Harper reported on cost estimates and grant timelines.
–Reaffirmed the district’s policy of not allowing sex offenders on district property without advance special permission.
–Approved an FFA trip to Indianapolis.
–Reported average daily attendance is at 921.06, up 47 from 2007.