MSAD 35 delays start of telehealth program

By Mark Pechenik,  September 20, 2018  

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — SAD 35′s board of directors voted to postpone the start of a school-based telehealth pilot program at its Wednesday, Sept 19 meeting.

Through this initiative, York Hospital would offer a telehealth program that would allow parents to be informed of their student’s health issues via laptop and other internet-connected devices. The program would be especially useful for working parents who could learn of student medical concerns from their own workplaces.

Superintendent Mary Nash said several logistics need to be addressed before the program can be brought online including development of parental consent forms, billing and malpractice forms.

Anthony Bourbon, principal of Marshwood Middle School, pilot site for the telehealth program, also cited data collection and management concerns.

“We need to look at costs associated with program start-up,” he said. “For instance, who will pay for equipment?”

Bourbon said discussions are continuing with York Hospital “on a school-based telehealth program sometime in the future.”

In other business

Nash announced the presentation of a mental health awareness program on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., at Marshwood High. John Broderick, former chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, will present the program, which seeks to familiarize the public with signs of mental illness, especially in young people. The public is invited to attend.

MHS is seeking families to host the annual visit of students from Denmark from Oct. 4-8. The students will attend homecoming and pep rally festivities at the high school, and tour either Portsmouth or Portland. Families interested in hosting the students can call Mr. Livingston at MHS at (207) 384-4500.

The board’s facilities and finance committee reported the district secured a propane contract at $1.55 per gallon, which, according to committee member Joe Long, “is lower than what the district paid last year.”

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