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School Board discusses Swine Flu

In its Sept. 21 meeting, the Pulaski County School Board discussed policy revisions, awards from the Virginia School Board Association Academy, the New River Valley Benefits Consortium Joint Powers Agreement, VSPA bond sale, covering the estimated cost of construction of Riverlawn Elementary School; and how an epidemic of the swine flu could affect, not only the academic performance of the students but also its unforseen concomitant legal aspects.
During the discussion of a memorandum agreement between the Pulaski County School System and the New River Health District, where the health agency would provide, among other things, novel H1N1 influenza (flu) vaccine to all students in primary, elementay and middle schools, high schools and the school staff members, School Superintendent Don Stowers remarked, "We have to wait and see how this thing is going to play out," referring to the swine flu’s present movement in the country "Pregnant women might have adversed reactions, and that could lead to a legal situation," he cited as an example.
Stowers said that vaccination of students and staff members is strictly voluntary. "But, I am concerned about the health and welfare of our students," he added, "but we also have to look at the legal issues."
Another board member, Dr. Rodell Cruise, Jr. agreed that the present flu vaccine, although effective in most cases, "is not 100 percent sure cure." He added that the H1N1 vaccine is similar in effectiveness as any other flu vaccine.
In another matter, Assistant Superintendent Thomas Brewster presented a Voluntary Retirement Savings Program which incorporates a tax sheltered annuity, known as 403(b). The program, which is to be maintained and operated pursuant to a written plan will include terms and conditions for eligibility, benefits, applicable limitations, several options; among them, hardship withdrawal distributions loans, plan-to-plan, or annuity contract transfers, and acceptance of rollovers to the plan.
Every employee of the school division will be notified of the progam on a yearly basis, says Brewster.
During the meeting, the board members were given awards for "high quality professional development programs on personnel" by the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA). Stowers made the presentation.
Dr. Rodell Cruise, Jr. received the Achievement Level Award; Pam Chitwood, the Honor Level; and the Distinction Level Awards went to Jeff Bain, Paul Phillips, Dr. John Weinrich and Dr. Donald Stowers.
In another matter, board member Jeff Bain cited that in the original application for the Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA), the estimated cost of construction of the Riverlawn Elementary School was a little more than $22 million. Financing obtained at the point of application was $14 million from a pooled bond program, which would be repaid through an application already submitted for a Literary Fund Loan. The additional amount would then come from the VSPA fund, to the tune of almost $7 million. Bain cited that "If funds are borrowed from the VSPA in lieu of receiving a Literary Fund loan, then the locality will be removed from the Literary Fund waiting list for this project."
Another board meeting is planned for October 5 at 6 p.m.

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School Board discusses Swine Flu

In its Sept. 21 meeting, the Pulaski County School Board discussed policy revisions, awards from the Virginia School Board Association Academy, the New River Valley Benefits Consortium Joint Powers Agreement, VSPA bond sale, covering the estimated cost of construction of Riverlawn Elementary School; and how an epidemic of the swine flu could affect, not only the academic performance of the students but also its unforseen concomitant legal aspects.
During the discussion of a memorandum agreement between the Pulaski County School System and the New River Health District, where the health agency would provide, among other things, novel H1N1 influenza (flu) vaccine to all students in primary, elementay and middle schools, high schools and the school staff members, School Superintendent Don Stowers remarked, "We have to wait and see how this thing is going to play out," referring to the swine flu’s present movement in the country "Pregnant women might have adversed reactions, and that could lead to a legal situation," he cited as an example.
Stowers said that vaccination of students and staff members is strictly voluntary. "But, I am concerned about the health and welfare of our students," he added, "but we also have to look at the legal issues."
Another board member, Dr. Rodell Cruise, Jr. agreed that the present flu vaccine, although effective in most cases, "is not 100 percent sure cure." He added that the H1N1 vaccine is similar in effectiveness as any other flu vaccine.
In another matter, Assistant Superintendent Thomas Brewster presented a Voluntary Retirement Savings Program which incorporates a tax sheltered annuity, known as 403(b). The program, which is to be maintained and operated pursuant to a written plan will include terms and conditions for eligibility, benefits, applicable limitations, several options; among them, hardship withdrawal distributions loans, plan-to-plan, or annuity contract transfers, and acceptance of rollovers to the plan.
Every employee of the school division will be notified of the progam on a yearly basis, says Brewster.
During the meeting, the board members were given awards for "high quality professional development programs on personnel" by the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA). Stowers made the presentation.
Dr. Rodell Cruise, Jr. received the Achievement Level Award; Pam Chitwood, the Honor Level; and the Distinction Level Awards went to Jeff Bain, Paul Phillips, Dr. John Weinrich and Dr. Donald Stowers.
In another matter, board member Jeff Bain cited that in the original application for the Virginia Public School Authority (VPSA), the estimated cost of construction of the Riverlawn Elementary School was a little more than $22 million. Financing obtained at the point of application was $14 million from a pooled bond program, which would be repaid through an application already submitted for a Literary Fund Loan. The additional amount would then come from the VSPA fund, to the tune of almost $7 million. Bain cited that "If funds are borrowed from the VSPA in lieu of receiving a Literary Fund loan, then the locality will be removed from the Literary Fund waiting list for this project."
Another board meeting is planned for October 5 at 6 p.m.

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