News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 12, 2013

Clay Schools hires safety consultant

Sue Loughlin
The Tribune-Star

---- — The Clay Community Schools board on Thursday voted 6-0 to hire a consultant to do a districtwide safety and security audit.

The school board agreed to hire Chuck Hibbert, a well-known consultant in school security. He is president of Hibbert Safe School Consulting of Indianapolis.

The cost will be $6,500. Hibbert will conduct a districtwide safety audit of all grounds and facilities in Clay Community Schools and provide a complete written report of his findings.

With the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy late last year, “We felt it was an appropriate time to have an outside professional conduct a school facilities safety audit,” Superintendent Kim Tucker said previously.

The board also agreed to move forward with establishment of a Clay Community Schools health clinic. “I think it will offer a wonderful service and resource to employees,” Tucker said after the meeting Thursday.

Clay Schools would work with the Wabash Valley West Central Indiana Trust, a consortium of several school districts. The district is a member of the insurance trust.

The trust would help with upfront costs to remodel a facility and provide equipment. A trust committee, working with the school district, also would put out a request for proposals to find a health care provider to operate a clinic.

The goal would be to open a health clinic by August. Employees and family members who have health insurance through the school district would receive free medical visits, free lab work and free generic medications.

All Clay Community School employees — including those who don’t have insurance through the district — could participate in the health clinic’s wellness component.

A health clinic would save employees on out-of-pocket costs, and longer term, it would save the school district in overall health care costs.

The board agreed to enter into the RFP (request for proposal) process and to receive or solicit quotes for remodeling of a facility.

Tucker noted there was some concern about putting the health clinic at the LEEAP Center, which will require that Title 1 and special education preschool programs be moved to two elementary schools. The preschool programs are currently located at the LEEAP Center.

Tucker said she will work with staff on the changes. The LEEAP Center also houses adult education.

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