November 2017 Column

  From the middle of November until Christmas Break is a festive time for schools.  Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on the opportunities we have by just living in the United States. Conversations I’ve heard from people who travel abroad see the living conditions of the impoverished populations across the world are thankful for the safety nets created to address poverty in the US. 

  A “Free and Appropriate Public Education” is a right in the United States.  Sad to say many of our youth do not take advantage of the opportunities given to them. We have all heard the stories from people wanting to relive their school-aged days again because of the opportunities. Hobbs Municipal Schools has created some committees to try to eliminate the “missed opportunities” by engaging parents in the learning process.

  The Parent Engagement committee will meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the HMS Central Office second floor conference room.  Everyone is invited to attend. Similarly, we want to look at the role Vocational Education plays in our school system.  The Vocational Education committee will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Central Office Second floor conference room.

  On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Hobbs Municipal Schools Board of Education approved the creation of a School Based Health Clinic (SBHC) at Hobbs High School.  Nor-Lea Regional was awarded the bid.  Nor-Lea will provide a portable building north of the 200 wing on HHS campus until HMS can remodel a space for the Clinic.  A permanent clinic space will be available after the May projected opening of CORE.  When that occurs, HMS will shut down the Demarius Badger Natatorium.  We will then remodel the 500 wing at Hobbs High to house a SBHC.  HMS received three responses to its Request for Proposal.  The proposal asked the sponsors to address Medical Services, Behavioral Health, Reproductive Health, and Educational Services as they relate to Health and Wellness.

  The SBHC will be an integral part of Hobbs Municipal Schools.  It will serve staff and students at HHS, Freshmen High School and the Alternative High School.  Although reproductive care has seen the majority of media coverage during the proposal stage, HMS has high hopes that the SBHC will address immediate needs including behavioral health issues. The opening of other student clinics across the state has resulted in an increase in student attendance due to the availability of a medical provider on or near campus to address health illnesses. I’m proud of the HMS School Board as this was not an easy decision.  Hobbs Schools continues to make decisions based on what is best for the students.

  Our community is growing and with the growth we continue to see the world in a different light.  As families move into our community, they bring ideas and beliefs that enhance our culture.  Hobbs is a wonderful place to live, work and play.

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