JANUARY 26, 2015;
Louisa, Ky -- The flu virus continues to spread across the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) closely tracking the number of confirmed cases and urging stringent precautions to minimize its impact. Three Rivers Medical Center continues to see flu-symptomatic patients in the emergency room and numerous patients have been admitted for treatment of flu-related complications.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, still lists flu as “widespread” in both West Virginia and Kentucky.
While most people will be able to endure the flu’s effects on their bodies and recover, others are at high risk for suffering complications and needing emergency intervention. Individuals at a higher risk include babies and children, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, and individuals with lung disease – such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
“Beyond feeling miserable, flu can develop into something much more serious, particularly for individuals who are at higher risk," said Jill Cantrell, BSN, Emergency Department Nursing Director. It’s important for these individuals to be monitored closely so they receive timely medical help if needed.”
Unlike a cold, the flu typically comes on suddenly. The most common symptoms are fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and vomiting and diarrhea.
If you suspect you have the flu virus, the CDC recommends seeking care from your doctor or an urgent care clinic, where you can be tested and receive a prescription for antiviral medication to minimize the intensity and duration of your symptoms. These medications work best when taken within 48 hours of becoming ill, but can still be beneficial when given later in the course of illness.
When you or someone for whom you’re caring experiences any of the following symptoms – the CDC recommends seeking help from the closest emergency department:
Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
“Flu can become deadly, so it’s important to act promptly if these symptoms appear," said Cantrell. “And it’s still not too late to get a flu shot this year, which can lessen your chances of getting sick.”
For more information on the flu, visit the special flu section at www.threeriversmedicalcenter.com. To find a primary care doctor visit the “Find a Doctor” link on the home page or call 606-638-7408.
Three Rivers Medical Center has been awarded Joint Commission Top Performer distinction four years in a row. The Emergency Department is an Accredited Chest Pain Center. TRMC is a 90-bed, acute care facility. It is accredited by The Joint Commission. With over 80 medical staff members, TRMC offers cardiology, general surgery, nephrology, orthopedics, urology, gynecology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, podiatry, 24-hour emergency care, diagnostic radiation, rehabilitative services and mental health.
Lawrence County Supt. Dr. Rob Fletcher, and BOE members, Chairman Heath Preston, vice chairperson Garnett Skaggs, member JD Goble, member Hames See and member Barbara Robinson. Lazer photo.
(LOUISA, Ky.) - January 22, 2015.The Lawrence County Board of Education met Tuesday, January 20, at 6pm at the LCHS Library.
The meeting was called to order by new Board Chairman, Heath Preston. The agenda was approved, then student and staff recognitions were announced. January was school board recognition month, which has been proclaimed in the community by County Judge Executive, John Osborne. Dr. Fletcher commended the board members for their dedication, and each member has been presented with a certificate and special gift. Heath Preston is now the new board chairman, and John Goble is newest board member.
The topics of the Superintendent's update included the AEP Foundation Grant, for which the board will be applying.
Snowbound Learning Days (Google Classroom), was mentioned including Google Classroom, a program implemented when school is cancelled due to weather. After missing 34 instructional days last year due to the extremely harsh winter, alternatives were explored in which students could still be 'in the classroom,' even though they were at home. Hence, Google Classroom. Students simply log in on the computer and receive classroom instruction.
Board member JD Goble, a former teacher and principal in lawrence County said he is trying to catch up on all the paper work while he settles in to his new position. "Right now, I', all ears," Goble said.Board member, Garnett Skaggs, said teachers at Blaine Elementary felt that once some of the bugs were worked out, it will be a good thing. Superintendent Fletcher said, "It has the potential to change the way we teach," explaining that it could be used not only for snow days. He said the parent involvement with Google Classroom was great.
Other topics included an air quality test at LWES which has been completed, transportation review, updates to the boy's locker room at Fallsburg Elementary, mid-year reviews for principals, and the use of Google documents at the central office.
There were no outside comments during the public comment portion of the meeting, but board member, Garnett Skaggs did report that two $500 prizes were awarded to a couple of 8th grade Blaine Elementary students. She said "$750 was donated by Blaine Alumni and $250 was donated by Grayson Electric.
Biology Teacher, Brandon Meddings, who also coaches the fishing club, announced that there will be a swap meet of fishing gear. He invites the public to bring in any fishing equipment they want to get rid of. Meddings said any money raised from the event will go back into the fishing club and other activities. "It keeps the kids involved with fishing, and out of other things."
New Board chairman Heath Preston said everything was going smoothly during the transition period between himself and former chairman See. "I think the men and women on this board have the education and ability to do some great things," Preston said.The minutes of the January 15 special meeting were approved, then the financial report was read by Business and Finance Director, Edris Humphrey. Humphrey reported that the December beginning balance was $2.347 million, revenue was $1,632 million, expenditures were $1.5million, and the ending balance was $2,412,879. The financial report was approved as was Claims and Orders of the Treasurer.
Humphrey said they are still working to reduce expenditures and said it is "a work in progress." She said a meeting would be scheduled in February to discuss the new budget,and that it had to be submitted by the end of May.
The consent agenda was approved, and included such things as utility service, school trips, fundraisers, use of facilities, and other similar items.
The Pathway to Proficiency Accountability Dashboard was next on the agenda, in which the principal of each school in the district reported answers to three questions posed by the Superintendent; what did they have to celebrate, where did they need improvement, and what steps would be taken to get to where they needed to be.Chief Academic Officer, Cassandra Webb and Superintendent Fletcher also discussed Pathway to Proficiency.
It was reported by some principals that low attendance due to the flu was a major factor in recent scores.
Other items discussed were bidding of lawn care for this year at the central office,Superintendent and Board attendance to KSBA Annual Conference, and discussion of funding needed to compensate for the proposed increase in utility rates.
The board then recessed the regular meeting for the convening of the Lawrence County School District Finance Corporation. After the regular meeting resumed, new business was discussed and the Superintendent's Personnel Action/Update was approved. (See separate posting).
The meeting was adjourned and the next regular meeting of the Lawrence County Board of Education will be Tuesday, February 17, at 6:00 pm, at the LCHS Library.A schedule of 2015 meetings are currently posted on the Lazer.
Superintendent’s Personnel Action
January 20, 2015
Substitute Bus Monitor
Shawna West -Instructional Assistant at Louisa West Elementary School (1-Year)
Prior to meeting: Oath of Office will be administered to newly elected board members.
1. CALL TO ORDER
Mission: Every Child College and Career Ready; A Community Involved and Informed
The Pledge to the United States Flag
2. ORGANIZATIONAL ISSUES
2.A. Approve Chairperson of the Lawrence County Board of Education
2.B. Approve Vice-chairperson of the Lawrence County Board of Education
2.C. Approve Schedule of Regular Board Meetings for the 2015 Calendar Year
2.D. Approve acknowledgement of receipt of Your Duty Under the Law and Managing Public Records
3. STUDENT LEARNING AND SUPPORT SERVICES
3.A. Approve Consent Agenda items:
3.A.1. Per diem and expenses for members present
3.A.2. Minutes of the December 15, 2014 Regular Meeting
5.A.3.a. Louisa East Elementary with PNC Broadway in Louisville for Lion King Show tickets; March 27, 2015: $5,720
5.A.3.b. Annual Section 125 Flexible Benefit Plan Adoption Agreement: LC Board of Education with American Fidelity Assurance Company
3.A.4. Safety Patrol
5.A.4.a. Permission for out-of-state trip: Annual LEES Safety Patrol Trip to Washington, D.C.; Dina Chaffin and Susie Compton
5.A.4.b. Request for financial assistance for Safety Patrol students, Dina Chaffin & Susie Compton
3.A.5. Kentucky Education Technology Funding (1st) Offer of Assistance for 2014-15: $19,239 matched by the district
3.B. Approve waiver for Non-Resident Pupil Contract with Carter County Schools for a student
3.C. Approve Updated BG-5 (Project Closeout) for LCHS Renovation Phase II: BG 13-132
3.D. Approve Memorandum of Agreement between Lawrence County Health Department and LC Board of Education for student dental services grant implementation
3.E. 2015-16 DRAFT BUDGET WORKING SESSION
3.E.1. Overview/Context: Dr. Robbie Fletcher, Superintendent
3.E.2. Budget Review: Edris Humphrey, Director of Federal Programs & Finance/Treasurer
3.F. Approve to enter Executive Session for the purpose of discussion of proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of the public agency pursuant KRS 61.810(1)(c)
3.G. Approve return to Open Session
4.A. Superintendent Professional Growth and Evaluation System (SPGES) Mid-year Review, as requested by Dr. Fletcher, including review of ePortfolio artifacts
4.B. Superintendent's Personnel Action/Update
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