In The Minutes


Members of the Dayton School Board are Steve Martin, Marchand Hovrud, Tamara Fritze, Joe Huether and David Bailey. With Martin absent Wednesday:
GEAR-UP: Learned from Gear-Up Director Spring Lamere that the program grant will be renewed for the 2012-13 school year.
AMERICORP: Learned the AmeriCorp represented proposed a mural project for the south end of the middle school and in the elementary school play area.
ALTERNATIVE: Heard report by high school Principal Andy Maheras regarding a proposal to create an alternative classroom for a group of students described as "challenging, unmotivated and disruptive."
TRACK: Approved contract with Atlas Beynum Track to resurface the track. The work will be done during the summer. Unanimous.
PLANNING: Approved contract with Lane Consulting for services related to the district strategic plan. Unanimous.
FUNDING: Approved providing about $3,500 to Youth & Government for their trip to Olympia. Unanimous.
RESIGNATION: Accepted the resignation of student representative Colleen Delp. Unanimous.
Members of the Columbia County Health System board of directors are Ted Paterson, Lisa Naylor, Jack Otterson, Jim Kime and Colleen Sproul. With all present Thursday the board:
PUBLIC COMMENT: Spent about an hour receiving public comment from 17 staff and members of the community. Those speaking expressed support of CEO Charlie Button, questions regarding the recruitment of a new CEO to replace Button, and concerns about articles in The Times of Waitsburg. Speakers characterized the articles as "damaging and misleading."
CEO SEARCH: Approved a three-step process for seeking and hiring a new CEO. The board will not hire a search firm, but will request resumes via the American College of Health Care Executives. Button will screen resumes submitted, and a selection committee will select three to five candidates from the list Button creates. Those three to five candidates will be recommended to the board for consideration and further screening. The committee will be made up of two board members, two district staff members and three members of the community at-large. Unanimous.
FINANCES: Learned the district had a $61,775 deficit for February. This was due to an issue with Medicare reimbursements that were backlogged. Approved warrants, write-offs and collections. Unanimous.
EMERGENCY ROOM: Learned the emergency room remodeling project will go out to pre-approved contractors within the next two weeks. The district received a $150,000 loan from Columbia REA, and will fund the rest of the $375,000 project using Meaningful Use funds.
ROOF: Authorized spending $31,639 to reroof the Booker Rest Home. The expenditure will be covered by proceeds from the Day Estate. Unanimous.
ER CUTS: Learned the new Medicaid policy for emergency room reimbursement will have an annual negative impact on the district of $79,000 to $84,000. Under the new regulation, which goes into effect April 1, Medicaid will not reimburse hospitals for emergency room visits the state deems as non-emergency. In Dayton and Waitsburg, patients have no other option when the clinics are closed for emergency care, and "we will not turn patients away," Button said.


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