TERRE HAUTE —
Great cooperation at Wilson school
On May 21, I received word that an individual at Woodrow Wilson was suspected of having tuberculosis. The person had been given a test where the results would not be known for two or three weeks. It was also stated that due to school closing prior to these test results, our staff and students would need to take the test and have it read prior to the end of school on May 31.
Ray Azar, director of Students Services; Carol Lucas, chairman of the Vigo County Nurses; and Kristen Gauer, nurse at Woodrow Wilson, met with the Health Department. A plan of action was developed for the next seven school days and implementation began immediately..
The following day students at Wilson took home a note and a card for permission to take the test on Tuesday, May 29, and the card was returned before the students left for the Memorial Day break.
A phone message to all parents at Woodrow Wilson was sent the day we received notification as well as a reminder on Wednesday to return their cards to Wilson on Thursday.
Our school community response was terrific. Mrs. Gauer as well as Mrs. Lucas and the Health Department took questions and concerns of parents and the school community. Parents appreciated the timely feedback and the kindness shown to them by all individuals as their questions were addressed.
On May 29, the VCSC school nurses and several central office staff including Superintendent Danny Tanoos along with nurses from the Vigo County Health Department arrived at 7 a.m. and began setting up the testing stations. By noon on May 29 all of our students who had signed consents and our staff had been tested. Several students opted to receive the test with their family physician. On Thursday, the same crew of competent professionals arrived at 10:00 to read the results and again by 1:00 our Woodrow Wilson students and staff were finished.
The prompt response by the Vigo County administrators, nursing staff, and the Health Department allowed school to proceed with a minimum of interruptions and allowed our teachers to finish the school year in an orderly fashion.
I would like to personally thank all those who made this process so efficient and for the kind and caring way our students and staff were administered the test.
Members of the Health Department were impressed by the organization and teamwork of Vigo County central Office staff and the staff at Woodrow Wilson. As always, Vigo County sets the bar for all.
— Sharon Pitts, principal
In recognition of public workers
Every day, a group of people works hard to maintain the communities we live in. I’m talking about the 160,000-plus public service workers in Indiana. A lot of us take these people for granted, even though we depend on them for many of our most basic needs.
I’d like to take a moment to thank the police officers and firefighters who risk their lives to protect us, the men and women who keep our roads fixed and our parks clean, who enforce health codes to make sure the food we eat is safe, who make sure we have clean water to drink and bathe … the list goes on.
Now is a good time to recognize our public employees. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Retired Indiana Public Employees Association (RIPEA), which protects the retirement benefits of the men and women who’ve devoted their lives to public service in Indiana. RIPEA will celebrate Indiana’s public workers at the 22nd Annual Convention on Sept. 10 at Primo Convention Hall in Indianapolis.
I encourage everyone to take a moment to appreciate all the hard work these people do for us every day.
To all our public service workers, thank you.
— Bill Murphy
Executive Director of RIPEA
Reader poll results
Recently, the Reader Poll at Tribstar.com asked:
Should Indiana take all collective bargaining rights away from all public employees?
Results: 199 votes were cast
• Yes — 83 votes, 41.71 percent
• No — 110 votes, 55.28 percent
• Don’t know — 6 votes, 3.02 percent
TERRE HAUTE —
Great cooperation at Wilson school
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