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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • District wellness program promotes healthy lifestyles

  • Is the Hannibal public school district’s wellness program the reason behind a drop in health-care claims? That suggestion was made by Superintendent Jill Janes during Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting.
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  • Is the Hannibal public school district’s wellness program the reason behind a drop in health-care claims? That suggestion was made by Superintendent Jill Janes during Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting.
    “The wellness program is paying off,” said Janes, noting that claims are 20 percent lower this year than in 2012.
    During the fall an assortment of healthy activities were offered district staff members, ranging from flu shots to an administrator exercise challenge. A total of 158 people took part in the district’s wellness incentive program.
    In the second semester, more health-related activities are planned.
    Currently 38 percent of the district’s staff is participating in the wellness program.
    “Thirty-eight percent is pretty good, but I think we can get to 50 percent,” said Janes.
    In other business:
    • Maria Mundle, director of curriculum and instruction, updated the board on the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan in regard to student achievement.
    She reported that the results were so good she was “about speechless.”
    While 50 percent is the median mark, some results have been in the 80 and 90 percent range.
    • The district’s spotlight was on the middle school. Efforts to create a climate that fosters leadership among students was discussed.
    • Results from the district’s cleanest building program were shared. Following this year’s initial testing the Early Childhood Center and Veterans Elementary School had 318 points each. Next came the middle school at 311.
    • Rich Stilley, district business manager, reported that initial Safety Committee meetings will take place early in 2014.
    • Approval was given a bid of $276,746 submitted by US Bank. The money will be used to purchase three new school buses.

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