At tonight’s Board of Education Meeting, committee members presented their recommendations to improve morale among students and staff
, and the state champion wrestlers were recognized for their achievements.
The welfare committee asked the Board to consider reinstating paying 100 percent of HSA costs totalling $257,000, pointing out Mexico is one of two schools in the area that doesn’t continue to do this. The other school district is Hallsville.
They also asked the Board begin developing a behavioral interventionist that will work with students and teachers with students that exhibit behaviors that are impeding the learning of other students.
The Mental Health Task Force presented information on the feasibility of a school based health clinic.
If this were to be developed it would first address mental health issues in the schools. In the first 4 months of this school year, 12 parents have been contacted due to suicidal thoughts or comments. If successful, the clinic would eventually move into more primary care services.
City Manager, Bruce Slagle, along with Russell Runge and Steve Hobbs explained to the education board the benefits the schools will see from the tax abatement presented to Spartan Light Metals for a facility expansion. The district will gain revenue in the amount of 6 to 8 million dollars.
Lastly, the purchase of a 2018 Ford Expedition was approved from Auffenberg at the cost of $40,163.16.