2018-04-14 / News

Mental health services at school

Cameron County School District is pursuing a plan to provide mental health services for students.

Superintendent Dr. Keith Wolfe reported at this month’s school board meeting that the district is working with Cameron/Elk Behavioral Health to obtain a grant for a full-time men­tal health support specialist to be located in high school.

The district would provide office space and a phone, but incur no other costs, Wolfe said. Students in need of services would be direct-billed through their health insurance.

A second option under consideration is hiring of a part-time specialist, which would require the district to kick in $25,000 annually to cover students not covered by insurance.

Also at this month’s meeting, maintenance su­pervisor Bill Smith reported that work is continuing to prepare the school pool for the summer season.

In addition to requesting funding for a new diving board and support frame, Smith said a new chemi­cal analyzer will soon be needed. The current control­ler is not keeping accurate chlorine readings, which requires Smith to spend as many as three to four hours per day adjusting output for the pool. Cost of a new de­vice will be in the $35,000 to $40,000 range.

In other news, Principal Amy Schwab reported that kindergarten enrollment for the 2018-19 school year currently stands at 32, with a few others expected to enroll prior to the start of classes.

If her projections hold true, two teachers will be needed to accommodate the incoming class.

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