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February 13, 2014

Bassett outlines health program to school board

Representatives from Bassett’s School-Based Health Centers gave an overview of their program to the Oneonta City School District Board of Education at its regular Wednesday meeting.

At the session held at Oneonta High School, Bassett program director Chris Kjolhede and manager Jane Hamilton said their plan would cover comprehensive primary, mental and dental health care in a setting that has been shown to be effective in a number of area schools. The benefits for students included increased attendance, better academic performance and a more positive school climate, they said, and services are provided at no out-of-pocket expense for students and parents.

Oneonta Superintendent Joseph Yelich said he has seen the value of such programs in his previous experience before coming to the Oneonta post in July. He asked for the presentation as a starting point in discussing whether it could be useful at Oneonta. If the board thought it was worth pursuing, a community meeting would be held, he said.

In other business, the district was still waiting for clarification about what to expect from state aid in 2014-15. Voting will be held statewide May 20 on budgets and other school issues. At Oneonta, May 6, from noon to 6 p.m., was designated for voter registration at Wednesday’s meeting.

While the district is waiting for more information, it is making sure it knows what expenditures are necessary so an analysis can be made, Yelich.

The board also heard from two parents asking to reinstate the boys swim team that was cut in past budget cuts. Yelich said it would be considered during the current process.

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