In-school health clinic approved by Danville Board of Ed

Published 12:59 pm Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Danville Board of Education approved an amended agreement with Danville Pediatrics Monday to provide in-school health clinic services. The dental segment will now be a separate agreement between the Danville Schools and Danville Pediatric Dentistry.

Last week, Superintendent Tammy McDonald said the original agreement with Danville Pediatrics included an “amazing” plan for the school district to house a permanent dental exam room, staffed by local dentists.

However, during the regular board meeting Monday night, McDonald said, “The dental piece was pulled out. We’ll be looking at next month having an MOU (memorandum of understanding) agreement with Dr. Jeff Johnson specifically to outline the dental agreement.”

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Johnson is organizing the dental portion of the arrangement for Danville Pediatric Dentistry. Last week, McDonald said the dentistry portion was going to be “very unique, not only across our state but across the nation.”

A classroom in the former American National University building — which the school district acquired this year and will be turning into its alternative school and new central office over the summer — will be turned into a permanent dental office. That will allow students to not only receive cleanings and screenings, but even emergency dental work with the consent of their parents, she explained.

A planning session between Danville Schools and Johnson is scheduled for the first week of June, McDonald said. “So after we have that planning session, we’ll pull the MOU out of that.”

The approved agreement with Danville Pediatrics to provide in-school clinic services at no cost to the school district was also limited to one year, instead of the original three-year term, “at the request of the board,” McDonald said.

After approving the formal agreement with Danville Pediatrics, board Chair Steve Becker said, “That’s exciting for our Danville Schools.”

In other school business, McDonald and the school board recognized the following people who will be retiring or had already retired this school year:

Kim Adams, Debbie Bottoms, Kristy Green, Markeeta Jones, Joey Kirk, Leo Labrillazo, Vicki Martin, Steve Meadows, Jane Scisco, Patty Taylor and Baker Williams.