CHESTERTON | During Tuesday night’s Duneland School Board meeting, Principal Shawn Longacre presented 17 members of the intermural choir from Westchester Intermediate School along with music teacher Dawn Flash, who said the choir meets weekly to practice and performs throughout the year.
The choir, which ranges from 80 to 100 members, was represented by the 17 students at the meeting as they sang a selection from their recent Veterans Day program.
After the performance, David Pruis, assistant superintendent, discussed use of onsite health and wellness centers for the Duneland Schools as a way to reduce costs for the health insurance plan and promote a healthy lifestyle for employees.
He said a committee designed to investigate the clinic concept recommended that the Duneland School Corporation enter into a two-year agreement with Novia Care Clincs so eligible employees and their dependents can use their independent clinics in Duneland, Valparaiso, Griffith and Knox.
Representatives from the corporation’s health care provider said they recommended Novia based on value and convenience and their expertise in providing medical care to the education sector. He said patient records are protected by HIPAA laws and encrypted seven times.
Gary Raikes, from Novia, said the school corporation could enter into the agreement exclusively, or shared with Porter County Trust employees to save an estimated $27,000. He said the clinic would be open in Duneland initially for 16 hours a week in the old media center building on 5th Street.
Kelly Witt from the corporation’s health care provider said the clinic would save one to three dollars for every dollar spent in claims.
The board unanimously approved the recommendation.
Assistant Superintendent Monte Moffitt reported on the green biology trip to the Florida Keys and Trailbound trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota and he made the recommendation to approve both trips, which are self-supporting and have taken place for the past 10 years. The board unanimously approved.
Ralph Ayres, as board liaison to the state legislature, said that, as a result of the recent election, there will be major changes in the General Assembly and in the leadership as it affects budgets.
He said Nov. 20 is the first day of the legislative session.