Concordia School Board approves targeted preschool tuition reduction, facilities use agreement

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

At the regular meeting of the Concordia R-II Board of Education, held Thursday, Sept. 14, the board approved a reduction in preschool tuition fees and approved a facilities use agreement with a medical group.

At their last meeting, the board discussed reducing preschool tuition for some families that have multiple students enrolled in either the 3-year-old class, 4-year-old class, or a combination of the two. The fees currently stand at $45 for the 3-year-old class and $60 for the 4-year-old class. The board approved an administrative recommendation to lower the fees by $10 per student for families who have multiple students enrolled. The tuition will now be $35 for 3 year olds and $50 for 4 year olds. An enrollment fee of $20 will be payable no matter how many students are enrolled from a family.

In other business, the board approved entering into a facilities use agreement with Wimbledon Health Partners for the purpose of holding an on-site cardiovascular testing program. The group will basically rent the facility for a day, perform extensive cardiovascular testing on-site for any Concordia Schools student athletes (age 12-18) that choose to be tested. Superintendent Brent Cooper reported that this testing is not usually performed during a regular sports physical.

“These tests are not done typically during a physical but are important not only in detecting abnormalities that can cause sudden cardiac arrest, but in alerting athletes to conditions that may affect them later in life,” Cooper wrote in his recommendation.

The non-invasive vascular ultrasound testing looks for vascular conditions common to athletes by checking carotid arteries, abdominal aorta, and the arteries/veins of the lower extremities. Significant abnormal findings identified are communicated immediately to the student’s parent, and physicians who read the tests will prepare a detailed report for each student tested.

The district will receive approximately $600 for use of the facility.

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