School board discusses health and wellness plan
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jan 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Discussion of a health and wellness plan for Trigg County Schools occurred when the Trigg County Board of Education met Thursday night at the school central office, although no action was taken at the time.

Trigg County Assistant Superintendent for Operations Travis Hamby went over the nutrition/activity report card and the wellness report during a 30-minute public forum held before the actual meeting.

Hamby said nutrition and physical activity offer students various benefits and added that the school’s district wellness committee made a list of recommendations.

Among the recommendations are the implementation of a district-wide smoke free policy during the school day, or at the very least placing staff smoking areas in places where there are no students.

“I was asked about the passage of a district-wide smoking/tobacco ban policy on campus during school hours. I do not oppose such,” said Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis. “I believe it would be difficult to ban smoking campus-wide for ball games, etc.”

Other recommendations include allowing students to bring water bottles to class, promoting physical activity throughout the school day, removing Coke machines from the gym or providing healthier alternatives, and expanding the availability of more nutritious alternatives.

The nutrition report card and the wellness recommendations can both be viewed in their entirety on the school district’s web site at www.trigg.k12.ky.us.

The board also unanimously agreed to accept $67,880 from the School Facility Construction Commission. McGinnis said that over 20 years, this will give the school and extra $700,000 worth of bonding potential, bringing the district’s bonding potential to roughly $1.7 million.

McGinnis also said the $67,880 has to be used on debt services, and has to allocate $52,693 from the school’s capital outlay account to the SFCC escrow account, where it will be in escrow for the next eight years.

The superintendent said that an architect will come in and look at the school facilities to assess what unmet needs the district has.

“Why would a board … say no to this offer,” asks Trigg County School Board Member Sharon Simmons.

The board also unanimously approved an offer from Sonic wherein the fast food place would donate to Trigg County High School’s athletic programs in exchange for the school placing a Sonic advertisement on school grounds during games a few times year.

The joint venture between the school system and Sonic would entail the school hosting “Sonic Nights,” wherein 10 percent of the net sales from Sonic Nights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 – 8 p.m. will go the Trigg County Schools Athletic Department.

McGinnis called this “the future of high school athletics programs,” and said he wasn’t against it as long as “it doesn’t get too crazy.”

The school will receive one yard sign to be placed at the entrance or exit of the school, a flyer to be copied and stickers.

The board also selected board members Joan Terrell and Sheila Martin to the school district’s study group, a group McGinnis said will try to better prepare the high school students for college.

The group will also be made up of high school teachers, parents of high school students, two community members, the Trigg County High School Principal Neil Cummins, McGinnis and two assistant superintendents.

McGinnis said the group will meet occasionally and will then appear before the school board when it is necessary.

Trigg County School Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Beth Sumner also announced near the end of the meeting that they are looking at having a dual credit education class for the 2010/2011 school year.
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