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Committee wants baby program to start earlier

Members of the Halifax County School Board Goal Setting committee met Friday at the School Board Office Conference Room to discuss the board’s goals and objectives. The committee consists of ED-5 Dr. Roger Long, ED-4 Joe Gasperini, ED-3 Kim Farson and ED-2 Karen Hopkins. Other central office officials including Deputy Superintendent Larry Clark, Assistant Superintendent Joe Griles, Chief Financial Officer Bill Covington, Superintendent Paul Stapleton and ED-6 Fay Satterfield also were on-hand for the meeting.

Gasperini suggested implementing the “Baby Take It Home” program for the boys and girls in the eighth grade. Currently, this program is taught in conjunction with 10th grade health and family life.

Board members said they felt this would be an excellent move due to the number of student pregnancies at Halifax County High School.

Committee members also discussed providing more information and awareness to students related to pregnancies.

Members of the goal setting committee also discussed possibly drug-testing members of sports teams.

Gasperini stated that Halifax County should adopt a similar policy to Lynchburg City on drug testing.

He said that Lynchburg tests all athletes once and then randomly conduct additional tests.

Gasperini said, “We have had some instances where if we had that in place…we might have helped catch a problem that has haunted them.”

The goal setting committee also stated that it would like to see additional health care professionals hired and assigned to underserved schools.

Committee members, with the suggestion from Clark, decided to adopt the mission statement from the Halifax County Public Schools Comprehensive Plan into the board’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan.

The mission statement states, “The mission of Halifax County Public School is to provide for students an educational environment that is stable and safe with caring and well-trained teachers and to provide resources needed to enable the students to compete in a global community.”

Halifax County School Board members will meet again on Friday after their meeting with Virginia Association of School Superintends officials to finalize the Strategic Plan for 2010-2015 including goals, objectives and strategies.