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School Board hears report of successful Mobile Health Unit

By Teresa P. Cunningham
Freelance Writer
At Thursday evening’s Johnson County Board of Education meeting Michele ”L” Goodbread, PAC presented recent facts regarding the operation and success of the Mobile Health Unit. The Mobile Health Unit rotates to each school during the week offering a range of services from conducting well-child exams to treating acute infections. In the first 80 days of service, 452 patients were seen and treatment given in the capacities ranging from advice and over-the-counter suggestions to prescription treatment. On a typical day an average of about five patients are seen in the Mobile Health Unit staffed by Goodbread and Kristy Bishop, RN. In the presentation, Goodbread elaborated on the outcome of the patients after treatment and school attendance. More than half of the patients seen were able to return back to school or work the same day. “This is a good service to our county,” stated Gerald Buckles, school board chairman.
In other action, the board approved Anne Parsons to serve as a TLN Representative for the Johnson County School Board. The Adult Education contract with the State of Tennessee, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Adult Education was approved as well as the school calendar for the 2012-2013 school year.
Jewel Hamm, Adult Education Supervisor relayed information to the board regarding the possible decrease in funding as well as changes in testing as a revised challenging test is expected in addition to an increase in test cost. The Perkins Grant Application for the Meat Processing Lab at Johnson County High School was approved as well. This grant would provide training to students to allow for possible employment in the meat departments of area grocery stores. Herbie Adams, Assistant Principal at Johnson County High School, provided the board with a short summary of the existing program in the Carter County School System.
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