This is the fifth year the Healthy Kids Clinic has helped conveniently provide
health services to Wayne County School students and staff. This has been a great
partnership and the district is grateful to Cumberland Family Medical Center’s Dr.
Loy for having the vision and including Wayne County Schools on the ground floor
of this program, based in Russell Springs. This health initiative has really taken off
and blossomed over the years.
Wayne County’s Health Services Department is headed by District Health
Coordinator Patty Burton, who has been an advocate for this program and
coordinated it locally. Patty is a former president of the Kentucky School Nurses
organization and realized the need for more nurses on the local campus. She and
RN Sandy Latham, who works at Walker Early Learning Center, and RN Tonya
Parnell at Bell Elementary School are board employees. However, more positions
opened up in recent years so every school could have a nurse in-house thanks to
the Healthy Kids Clinic. Monticello Elementary Nurse Sara Guffey, WCMS Nurse
Rebecca Humble, and WCHS Nurse Lindsey Sexton are Healthy Kids RN’s. Healthy
Kids also provides Behavior Specialists Kristi Neal and Kristina Morrow; as well as
Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Albright and her assistant Nurse Tashea Appleby.
Wayne County’s former WCHS Nurse Aubree Anderson Chriswell serves as a
Healthy Kids Clinic regional director for Wayne, Clinton, Cumberland and Russell
Not only do local students and staff appreciate this team of nurses,
counselors, and substitute nurses; but they also benefit from a variety of dental
labs and wellness promotions and health educational projects in the schools. For
instance, they bring characters for the youngest children to learn from, as well as
fun football or basketball throws at games for older students to perhaps win a
Healthy Kids Clinic Director of School Based Health Services Ibby Hopper,
who plays a big part of the Healthy Kids Clinic success story, joined the board
during the special recognition segment of the meeting. Hopper shared some of
the amazing things going on in local schools with the school based health
Hopper delivered the good news that the Healthy Kids initiative would
begin absorbing 100 percent of the school-based nursing positions costs currently
covered by the Board of Education, which was a long-term goal of the program.
They will fund each of the school-based nurse salaries effective January 2020.
In other business:
The state assessment results were recently released and Instructional Chief
Brian Dishman reviewed the local schools’ three star rankings under the new
Much of the meeting dealt with the multiple construction projects
underway in the district.
Healthy Kids Clinic Director Ibby Hopper informed the board of benefits her organization provides
Wayne County District Health Coordinator Patty Burton and Healthy Kids Clinic Director Ibby Hopper
Board members reviewed information about the Healthy Kids Clinic
Chief Academic Officer Brian Dishman presented a summary of Wayne County's three star performance on state testing