The Claiborne County School Board, meeting in regular session last week, approved all voting items on its agenda including a collaborative partnership with Bethel University.
The school board agreed to partner with the University Instructional Leadership Program, designed to meet the state’s standards and demand for high quality school leaders.
As a partner, the school district agrees to actively participate in the selection, mentoring, training and assessing of candidates chosen by the two entities.
Each candidate will be selected based upon their leadership potential, ability to improve student achievements and who demonstrates expertise in curriculum and instruction.
The school system will be responsible for providing performance feedback for each candidate.
Bethel University will provide faculty and supervisors for guidance during the entire process, from implementation to the final assessment.
In other action, the school board agreed to contract with two rehabilitation facilities for the upcoming school year.
Pinnacle Performance Physical Therapy will be providing occupational and physical therapy services beginning on July 31. According to the contract, the facility will maintain a professional liability policy on all providers rendering services.
The school system agrees to certain compensation for those services. According to the contract, Pinnacle Performance will be paid $25 per occupational or physical therapy visit. Each evaluation will cost the school system $35.
The rehabilitation facility will charge $25 per hour each time they are required to attend school training or meetings. The same fee amount will be charged for additional time spent on progress notes, letters of medical necessity or special appointed meetings with parents or teachers.
Grace Rehabilitation Center is now under contract with the school system to provide occupational and physical therapy services to those schools located on the south side of the county. In particular, Soldiers Memorial Middle, Tazewell-New Tazewell Primary, Midway, Springdale, Claiborne High and The Alpha School will be serviced along with the Head Starts.
According to the contract, TennCare will be the primary source of payment for the services, which include home therapy for homebound students.
However, the school system will be billed for all standard treatment not approved by TennCare and for those students carrying private insurance at a rate of $25 per evaluation, consultation or specific half-hour sessions.
Pre-school screenings will be free of charge, but must be pre-approved by the Special Education Director.
Grace Rehab service providers will be working directly under the supervision of the Special Education Director. Public liability and other appropriate forms of insurance will be carried by the rehabilitation facility.
This contract will be in effect from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2017.
It looks as though Servolution Health Services, who is under a 40-year lease with the school system, will be renovating its premises with the blessing of the school board.
Apparently, the facility is able to pay for the improvements with the help of a Health Resources and Services Administration New Access Point – HRSA-17-009 funding opportunity.
The board approved a list of recommended hearing officers that include Morristown attorney H. Scott Reams, Jackson attorney Dale Conder Jr. and Robert G. Wheeler Jr., an attorney from Goodlettsville.
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