MISD Advisory Board Recommends Employee Wellness, Student Health Coordinator 2/7/13
CBS 7 News
February 7, 2013
MIDLAND- The well being of students is always a priority for school districts, but one organization thinks it starts with the ones in front of the classroom.
Members of the Midland ISD School Health Advisory Council recommend the school district hire an employee wellness and student health coordinator.
Director of Health Services and SHAC member says the job would be the perfect combination for both employees and students.
“We want our employees to be happy and healthy,” said Dees. “So the wonderful thing about this is teachers will learn about healthy behavior and they in turn will model that for students.”
Dees said the job could possibly include: planning courses on nutrition, setting up physical activities and even helping with doctor referrals.
She said the adoption of this job could even reduce health insurance claims.
MISD currently uses four of the eight components in the coordinated school health programs: physical education, health education, parent and community involvement and nutrition services.
By hiring a coordinator, MISD could cover: staff wellness promotion, health and safe school environment, counseling and mental health services and health services.
The recommendation for the position is drawn out, and now all that’s left is approval from the MISD board of trustees.
Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren said he looks forward to reviewing the recommendations.
“The stress of teaching is always there,” said Dr. Warren. “I want to do whatever we can, and that’s SHAC’s philosophy too-- to do what it can to ensure a healthy lifestyle.”