September 4, 2009 10:31:00 AM
STARKVILLE -- The Lion''s Club intends to see that poor vision will not keep any child in the Oktibbeha County School District from performing well in school.
Charles Johnson, president of the local Lion''s Club, told the school board that the organization he represents wants to provide free vision screenings to all students in the school district.
"The Lion''s Club provides hearing aids, eyeglasses and surgery if needed to individuals in our community who qualify," Johnson said. "We want to extend our services to the Oktibbeha County children who are in your schools."
Johnson said the Lion''s Club would bring in vision screening equipment to the sites the district designates, and would conduct the exams. Those identified through the screening process as having vision problems will be sent to an optometrist for a full vision exam.
"The Lion''s Club will pay for that and the eyeglasses if needed if the family falls within the financial parameters," Johnson said.
The board took no action but gave verbal consent to the plan and thanked Johnson for the offer. Superintendent James Covington will send a letter formally accepting the offer.
Thursday night''s meeting started on time with only board member Herman Bush absent. Most of the items of business were fairly routine. The board approved land management recommendations, forestry recommendations, the district''s test security plan, a cash donation from Synergetics and the food service procurement plan.
The board reviewed the annual forestry report provided by the Mississippi Forestry Commission. This organization manages the timberland controlled by the school district.
They also approved the monthly claims docket, as is routine. Covington pointed out that it is much higher than usual as it contains almost $200,000 in bills for the district''s annual insurance and the East Elementary roof repairs.
The board went into closed session to discuss personnel matters before adjourning.