Members of the Starbuck School Board are Zonia Dedloff, Carol Wildman, Jill Wood, Kelly White and Leo Janes. With Janes and White absent Thursday the board:

POLICY: Adopted policy regarding nonresident students. Unanimous.

AUDIT: Reviewed 2009-10 audit report from the Washington state Auditor.

BULLYING: Discussed overview of "Committee for Children," the new curriculum on bullying.


Members of the Columbia County Health System board of directors are Ted Paterson, Lisa Naylor, Jack Otterson, Jim Kime and Blaine Bickelhaupt. With all present Thursday the board:

RURAL HEALTH CARE: District CEO Charlie Button showed the board a report on demographics and health-care trends that was distributed at the Rural Hospital Committee meeting he recently attended. The report made comparisons between health care in urban and rural populations.

BOARD EDUCATION: Learned the State Hospital Association is developing an education plan for board members.

FINANCES: Learned the district had a negative balance of $31,126 in July, although revenue was on target. Some unexpected expenses contributed to the shortfall, Button said. Learned the district is contracting with a consultant to identify areas of improvement in the revenue cycle.

QUALITY/INFECTION: Learned the district is submitting some standard quality indicators to the state based on recommendation of the Hospital Association, although it is not required. Button said the district has just launched a promotion for hand washing and hygiene improvements in district facilities.

REPORTS: Learned the district has tentative approval of a loan from Columbia Rural Electric Association for the emergency room update. The next step will be meeting with the Emergency Room committee to help with layout, and pass the information to the architect.

BYLAWS: Discussed how the bylaws that were approved last month will be distributed.

STAFFING: Learned the district is fully staffed. Seven new employees recently went through new employee orientation.

SURVEY: Discussed survey currently being distributed in the community as part of the district's promotional plan. The survey is available on the district's website, in hard copy, and will be promoted in newspapers, billboards, service clubs and the fair.

MEETING: Learned the district will host the Southeast Washington Council of the state Hospital Association on Sept. 14.


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