BY CAROL HICKS
HOOPESTON — Missy Runge and Connie Catron, employees of Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center, gave a presentation Thursday on sexually transmitted diseases to members of the Hoopeston school board.
"Vermilion County is highest in the state of Illinois (for STD's)," Runge said, "and sixth in the nation. Our numbers are staggering."
Principal Larry Maynard contacted Liz Leigh at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center for a presentation for the high school. Catron, who has given school presentations several times, will be one of the presenters. Presentations will be given in both boys' and girls' physical education classes by Carle staff members.
"Is it (sex) happening?" asked Catron. "Yes, intercourse is in schools. We need to educate kids on abstinence and safe sex practices."
In other business, school board members:
+ Heard a presentation on Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, the newest assessment tools for Illinois students. Board members also unanimously approved the drug abuse prevention program, D.A.R.E., for the year 2013-2014 at a cost of $3,632; the school report cards; and the administrative and teacher salary and benefits report . A public hearing date is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the John Greer Grade School library.
+ Set a special board meeting for 6 p.m.Dec. 12, regarding physical education waivers.
+ Learned all documents have been submitted to the EPA as part of the EPA grant requirement for the propane buses. A check should be received soon. The government shutdown slowed the process down. Another grant for $4,000 has been submitted for transportation, according the Mark Eighner, transportation and grounds director.
The next Hoopeston school board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the John Greer Grade School library.