ECS honors school nurses

ECS nurses were recognized for their hard work and dedication to students during the Enterprise City Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening.

The Enterprise City Schools Board of Education took an opportunity to thank each of its nurses during a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening.

ECS Federal Programs Director Oveta Carey took the podium to introduce the nurses, drawing attention to the fact that May 8 is National School Nurse Day and the week surrounding May 8 is National School Nurse Week.

“(National School Nurse Day) was established in 1972 to foster a better understanding of the role of a school nurse in an educational setting,” Carey said. “In our school system, we are very fortunate to have a nurse at each school; we also have two bus/nurse aides. While the academics are certainly a priority, students must also be healthy and ready to learn, and that’s where our nurses come in. They play a vital role in the school system.”

Carey went on to detail a school nurse’s many responsibilities and areas of regular training, including writing individual health plans, administering daily medication, training medication assistants, providing CPR training to school personnel, coordinating school vision, dental and wellness screenings and school clinics for immunizations, serving as nurse during extracurricular activities and sporting events, participating in training for anaphylaxis and diabetes, and comforting and providing “TLC” to students.

After recognizing each teacher, Carey personally thanked them for their service and willingness to help others.

“You’ve been a joy to work with. You are indeed the best,” Carey said.

Board member Danny Whitaker, a pediatrician, also thanked the nurses for their efforts to keep students healthy and happy every day they’re in school.

“I appreciate everything that you do for my patients, for all these kids, and you’re always welcome to call us if you have questions or concerns about our patients to let us know what’s going on,” Whitaker said. “You guys do a heck of a job, and your work is important to prevent the spread of all kinds of infectious diseases -- that’s probably one of the most important things you guys could do to try to keep kids in school.”

Other business:

* The board discussed wording revisions to the current parent involvement policy. If approved, the content included in the policy will remain the same; however, the language used to detail that policy will change. The board will vote on the revisions at a later meeting.

* The board approved a superintendent contract for current superintendent Greg Faught and a probationary principal contract for John Steed.

* The board approved Faught’s recommendation to hire up to 31 student workers for the 2019 summer months.

* A bid for a tilting skillet at Pinedale Elementary was awarded to Central Restaurant Products at a total cost of $14,571.53.

* A bid for a 3-compartment sink, faucet and booster heater for the CNP department at the Coppinville School of Opportunity was awarded to Moore Equipment Company at a total cost of $6,261.52.

* A bid for plumbing and electrical upgrades for the Coppinville School of Opportunity was awarded to Miller Humphrey Plumbing and Electric at a total cost of $16,000.

* The board approved the purchase of a used propane stripping machine from Enterprise Paint and Janitorial for $5,925.

* A quote for track facility lighting from Musco Sports Lighting in the amount of $190,000 was approved.

* Multiple items were approved as one consent agenda item: 3 out of state trip requests from employees, several trip requests from schools, and the 2019-20 Enterprise High School and junior high choir schedules.

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