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FUSD Votes To Seek Grant For Mobile Health Van

By Elisha Dorfsmith

FUSD board members voted 4 to 1 tonight to move ahead with  a plan to seek a grant for a mobile health van.  Dolores Biggerstaff was the lone no vote. The board will produce a letter of support for the grant that will be included with the application submitted by North Country Health Care by tomorrow’s deadline.

Tonight’s vote came after much debate.  Superintendent Hickman and members of the board admitted that they were still not clear on the specifics of the plan. Dr. Eric Henley was visibly irritated as he fielded questions from the board.

Ms. Ells was the first to express her concern. She asked where the mobile health van fell in line with the mission of FUSD. She was also unclear about what district resources would be required.

Mr. Vasquez had concerns about process and protocol.

Ms. Biggerstaff voiced the most concern. She said the whole thing felt like a retrofit because of the time line and the fact that the board was being rushed to vote for an idea that had so many unanswered questions. “If we go forward with a letter, maybe we’re picking up a string rather than opening a door.” She said.

Rhonda Thomas was the only member of the public to speak. She brought up many of the concerns that I have mentioned in previous blogs about the behavioral health aspect and prescription drugs. She used Jessica Ann Miles as an example of someone who had been misdiagnosed and ended up dying from the misuse of prescription drugs. Would the mobile health van lead to more misdiagnosing and treatment?

More discussion ensued and Mr. Bavasi (who has been a strong supporter of the health van from the start) suggested that the health van is very much a part of the mission of FUSD. I’ll post the mission statement here for the reader to decide:

“The Mission of FUSD is to provide the best comprehensive educational opportunities for all in a safe, collaborative environment of high standards and expectations.”

In the end, Ms. Ells seemed to go against her better judgment as she voted for the plan. Mr. Kulpinski, Mr. Bavasi, and Mr.Vasquez enthusiastically cast their votes to support the grant. Ms. Biggerstaff bravely stood her ground. I would encourage readers of my blog to contact the board and let them know how you feel about this vote. You can find their contact information here.

In addition to seeking the mobile health van grant, the board voted to elect Mr. Kulpinski as board president and Ms. Ells as Clerk.


  1. January 12, 2011 at 7:12 am

    nanny nanny nanny nanny nanny nanny nanny nanny

    The good doc was visibly irritated eh? The nerve of people, to ask questions. Don’t they realize that the experts know best? Just relax and take it, people.

    Many questions, rushed vote, and they voted for it anyhow. How Pelosi of them.

  2. January 12, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I am trying to get more details but it was brought up that all prescriptions would be filled by the NCHC pharmacy.

    I saw $$ signs in Dr. Henley’s eyes as he walked out.

  3. Rhonda Thomas
    January 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Mr. Dorfsmith, I’m enjoying reading your BLOG very much! Keep up the good work!

  4. Rhonda Thomas
    January 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

    DON’T assume that the so-called experts ‘top priority’ is serving those they are supposed to serve. DON’T assume that the so-called authorities know best. DONT’ assume, then, that all doctors and health care professionals care first and foremost about healing. DON’T assume that all educators and administrators care first and foremost about teaching. Mr. Dorfsmith, I’ve enjoyed reading your well written BLOG very much indeed. Please keep up the good work and accurate reporting!

  5. January 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Thank you Rhonda. I appreciate that.

  6. January 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Paul Kulpinski made the FUSD Facebook page private and deleted all posts from the public. It seems that my recent blog post and the discussion that followed was the last straw. Here are Paul’s comments:


    A couple regular posters (including myself) pointed out in the discussion on the FUSD Facebook page that during last night’s board meeting a board member said that prescriptions would be exclusively filled by North Country Health Care. I suppose the district did not want that information getting out. Interesting stuff.

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