Board approves contract with health department

Nola Sizemore Staff Writer

October 6, 2013

The Harlan County Health Department presented a contract to the Harlan Independent School District offering services free of charge through the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

At a recent special called meeting of the district’s board of education, that contract was approved.

“We originally entered into an agreement with them where they would provide services through the end of this month, but they have met and offered to do this with us through the rest of the school year,” said Superintendent C.D. Morton. “That does a few things for us. It gives us some assurances for health care for our students and also gives us a little breathing room in terms of what we really need to think about for the future. Obviously, with money as tight as it is, this is something we have to consider and we want to make sure we explore all our options.”

Morton said he was pleased with the health department’s offer and expressed appreciation on behalf of the district.

“I can’t express enough what a help it is to have them here at our schools,” said Morton.

Board chairman Joe Meadors agreed, saying this agreement “is good for the school district.”

“It gives whomever wants to get our business next year time to get their ducks in order and make a pretty good proposal to us,” said Meadors. “It makes no difference to me who it is. I just want whatever is best for our district. They now have plenty of time to establish that and work this out before next July.”

In other action, the board approved middle school science teacher Mandy Longworth making an application for a PRIDE grant for the school.

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