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Steamboat School Board to weigh health clinic proposal

Contract would open clinic before next school year

— The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night is scheduled to vote on a proposal to open a health and wellness clinic in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center for district employees before the start of next school year.

The vote was scheduled to take place at a budget workshop last week, but the contract was not finalized before that meeting.

The school district now has negotiated a contract with Healthstat Inc., a company based in Charlotte, N.C., that would set up and manage a small health and wellness clinic staffed by a physician's assistant and available to insured district employees and their dependents.

If the School Board approves the contract, the district then would work to convert 300 square feet of space currently used as a janitorial storage room in its administration building into a clinic with exam rooms and a waiting area.

The district estimates it will have to pay Healthstat $264,000 to start up the clinic. Officials are hoping the new facility will help to reduce the $225,000 the district has budgeted for health insurance cost increases next school year. The district has not yet estimated how much it will cost to convert the janitorial storage area into the clinic.

Superintendent Brad Meeks said last month that the physician's assistant in the clinic would be able to administer strep tests, draw blood, take a patient's biometrics and prescribe about 40 common prescription drugs, among other things.

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School district officials said the clinic ultimately will help to lower their health insurance premiums that have risen in recent years by lowering the number of claims its employees file on their insurance plan.

Community budget workshops

The School Board will reconvene Tuesday night and host the first of two public forums about the district's budget for the 2012-13 school year.

The forum specifically will offer the public a chance to discuss the draft budgets for the district's technology department, Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools, Steamboat Springs Middle School, the district's administrators and School Board.

On April 9, the district will host the second public forum to discuss the budgets of its athletic, transportation, maintenance and teaching and learning departments and Steamboat Springs High School and the Yampa Valley High School.

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