Concussion testing successful at Ray-Pec

Special to the DemocratJuly 6, 2012 

It appeared to be business as usual at the Raymore-Peculiar School Board meeting June 27 at the district office. In addition to hearing several program review reports, the group voted on several action items.

Starting the meeting off with a review of the extracurricular program, Activities Director Tom Kruse began with a summary of goals from last year, which included a discussion on IMPACT concussion testing, funding, and communications.

Kruse was proud to report that the IMPACT testing had proven successful – with all athletes participating in pre-season screening. These results were then used as a baseline for the evaluation of head injuries.

To demonstrate the effectiveness and thorough nature of this tool, Kruse brought up Trevor Volkland, one of the athletic trainers in the district, to offer board members a real-world example of just what the half-hour test entails. In an effort to preserve the privacy of students, Volkland revealed the results he gathered from one voluntary test subject (Kruse). Characterizing the test as “extremely intensive on your brain,” and one that requires keen concentration, focus and memory recall, Kruse got a hardy chuckle from the room when he admitted just how tough the exercise proved to be. According to Kruse and Volkland, by comparing these baseline readings to those gathered after a suspected concussion, this test will help ensure physicians are clearing athletes to return to sports at a safe and appropriate time. All eight graders entering high school athletics will be tested this year and then every three years after that.

In addition to IMPACT testing, Kruse outlined funding goals and achievements for the program, reporting that all coaches made cuts and worked to ensure there was no impact felt by athletes or patrons. He also reported a $7,370 increase gate receipts from the previous year as well as a $19,079 increase activity fees.

According to Kruse, the district website has played an integral role in communications with parents. When a change in location, time, cancellation, etc., takes place, a notice is sent from the Athletic office immediately via text or email.

Following an update on the district’s safety and security program and a brief summer school update from Superintendent Jeff Kyle, Board President Kim York provided a summary of the board’s retreat from the week before, noting that the group had a very productive self evaluation and corresponding discussion that led to many action items and next steps related to how it can positively affect student achievement going forward.

When it came to action items, the board voted to approve:

•  A resolution to support the Missouri Vision Project.

•  The bid for laptops and carts for the South High School from CDI in the amount of $177,174, which includes 360 Dell laptops and 14 laptop carts.

•  The Storage Area Network bid from Alexander Open Systems for $133,652.29, which includes installation.

•  The bid for surplus textbooks from Follett Educational Services for $1,146.20.

•  The 2012-13 budget, as presented.

•  The following board policies: GBLB – References; GCPB – Resignation of Professional Staff Members; GCPE – Termination of Professional Staff Members; GCPF – Nonrenewal of Professional Staff Members; GDPB – Resignation of Support Staff Members; GDPD – Nonrenewal, Suspension and Termination of Support Staff Members; and EHB – Technology Usage (on an emergency basis).

Registration for the 2012-13 school year will be held July 25-26 and Aug. 2. One new feature available this year is the ability for parents to pay for school fees online by credit card rather than writing multiple checks during registration.

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