The BHSD's "wellness center" (i.e., clinic for employees) is well on its way to becoming a reality, and our school board has found yet another way to distract themselves from their mission.
A Board of Education is supposed focus on the education of students in their district. Ours seems to focus on everything else.
Tell me, should our school district enter into the health care business? What do you think?
Don't we already have doctors and clinics in our area? Aren't some of them paying taxes to the school district and township?
Seems to me that medical care is readily available in our area. Is a taxpayer-funded "private" clinic a good idea? I don't think so, and if I was on the board of education, I would have acted to shut this issue DOWN.
Some argue that the clinic will "save money." No proof was offerred at the study session. BHSD employees already have health insurance and those with chronic health issues should be smart enough to maintain a relationship with a trusted health care provider.
The clinic will likely be housed in the former Parks and Rec building on Dublin Street, near the intersection of Telegraph and Long Lake Rds. Outfitting the clinic will cost an estimated $80,000. It will be staffed by a physician, a nurse, and a medical assistant. The clinic will be open for 24 hours a week. All services will be "free" to BHSD employees.
"Free?" What kind of health care is "free?"
The kind that taxpayers pay for.
I'd prefer that my education tax dollars be spent to benefit our 5400 students.
I'd prefer that our school board challenge our administration to address the significant achievement gap that exists in our schools, and the fact that our district's state and national rankings, along with our enrollment, have declined.
Frankly, if I was on the BHSD Board of Education, I would insist that every agenda item relate in some way to academic achievement or at least to benefit our students. (I'm on the Nov. 6 ballot for the 2-year partial term to see if I can help the school board focus on the Education of Students.)
This "wellness center" does NOT benefit our students in any way, and the plan should be dropped.