05 22 2015

Medical Assistance Event Proposed At Middle School

By Terry Britt
Staff Writer
Multiple agencies are requesting the use of Van Middle School facilities next summer to host a three-day event to help people without medical insurance.
Speaking before the Van ISD School Board on Monday, Russell Hopkins explained the idea of a multi-discipline service to the area’s uninsured who have medical needs.
“It was disheartening, but not surprising, to find that some of our residents in Van Zandt County and the East Texas area go through life with no medical insurance or less insurance than those in the (Rio Grande) Valley,” Hopkins said.
Working with State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van), Hopkins said the agencies involved in this effort were modeling it on an annual event that is offered to uninsured people in the Rio Grande Valley area.
If approved, the event could include basic medical and dental services, immunizations, physical exams, vision testing, and diabetes, glucose and blood pressure testing, among other services.
The school facilities would be needed for five days from June 10-14. The first day would be for set-up, Hopkins said, then the three days for the services, and finally one day to demobilize.
Hopkins also said there is a reimbursement process in which the school district could be repaid for utility usage and custodial work.
Since the matter was on the agenda as an audience before the board, no action was taken.
The board did approve a set of tax re-sale property resolution documents. This came following a brief report on delinquent tax collections by the firm of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson, LLP.
A number of presentations were made during the meeting, including one from the Van ISD Education Foundation for $14,443 to the district.
The board and the audience saw a slideshow presentation by the Van FFA on its recent trip to the 2012 FFA National Convention.
Van High School’s band, twirlers team, cross country teams and volleyball team were each presented for recognition as well.
A “Vantastic Award” was presented to Van Intermediate School counselor Janice Mulford..
Employees of the month recognized at the meeting included: Kim Smith of J.E. Rhodes Elementary, Brian Thompson of Van Intermediate, Carol Horton of Van Middle, Pam Goode of Van Junior High and Jon Perkins of Van High School.
In other matters on the agenda, the board took the following action:
Approved Policy Update 95 affecting several local policies.
Approved the 2013-2014 district instructional calendar.
Approved an expedited waiver for five additional staff development days, up to six early release days and modified schedule of classes on state assessment testing day in 2013-2014.
Approved required documentation and a resolution on eminent domain authority in Texas.
Tabled a matter regarding street repair work behind the administration building.


Photo by Terry Britt
The Van ISD Education Foundation presented a check for $14,443 to the school district at Monday’s school board meeting. At left is school board president Charles McCaffree and at right is Angie Reed with the foundation.

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