Clintonville promotes school staff wellness
Participation optional, but premium discounts offered
By Bert Lehman
The Clintonville School Board received an update at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 11, about the health initiatives being offered by the district.
Lynette Edwards, business manager for the School District of Clintonville, told the board that the district offered HRA biometric screenings for all of the school staff in August.
Those who have health insurance through the district received a discount on their premium if they participated. To receive the discount, spouses were also required to participate for those who have family health insurance plans.
Edwards said there were 225 onsite screenings completed and 15 offsite screenings so far. March 1 is the deadline to have the screenings completed by.
“The idea is to get engaged with your health and to know where things are at,” Edwards said.
School employees were also offered special rates for a membership to the Rec Center.
Edwards said a Weight Watchers program was being run onsite since September with around 20 employees participating.
“Last reported, our group has lost over 200 pounds,” Edwards said.
She said because of the participation, a new series of Weight Watchers programs will start the end of February.
Blood pressure screenings were also offered, Edwards said, but not many took part in the free screenings.
Flu shots were offered this year. Edwards said 112 shots were given between employees, spouses, and children.
A walking challenge was offered. Over the course of five weeks, 91 people participated. Another walking challenge will be offered in the spring.
Around the holidays, for the third year in a row, a program called “No Pain, No Gain,” was offered. Edwards said the program promoted maintaining a consistent weight through the holidays.
“You don’t have to report your weight to anyone, it’s all on the honor system,” Edwards said.
A total of 64 people participated in the program.
The board approved the resignation of Tim Sweet as library media specialist, for the purpose of retirement. The resignation is effective at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Sweet has been with the district for 34-1/2 years.
The board approved the resignation of Al Soldner, middle school Para I, effective Dec. 23, 2015.
The board approved the voluntary transfer of Julie Monty from her Longfellow Para I (29.5 hours) position to a middle school Para I (40 hours) position, effective Dec. 23, 2015.
The board approved an increase in summer school teacher wages from $21 per hour to $25 per hour, effective summer 2016. Class sizes will be increased, so there will no longer be 7-8 student classes offered.
The board approved changes to the Teacher Post-Employment Benefit. The wording changes were recommended by WEA Trust, who administers the benefits. There is no change to actual benefits.
The board approved first readings and second readings of changes for several school policies.