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Hoopeston Board of Education members listen as Connie Catron presents the findings of a research study she conducted at Hoopeston Area Middle School during last week’s board meeting.

Connie Catron, MSN, APRN, CME, FNP-C, presented the result of a research study she conducted among students at Hoopeston Area Middle School during last week’s Hoopeston Area Board of Education meeting.

Catron conducted the study as part of her Doctor of Nursing Practice program through Illinois State University.

She explained the difference between research conducted by Ph.D students and DNP students.

“A Ph.D student develops new research, a DNP student validates previous research with some added new information to it,” she said.

Catron said she decided to do a program on stroke education for middle school students.

She said it is a program that Carle in Champaign is considering, but they don’t have anything is standardized.

“We’re hoping that this may become maybe a standard that’s going to go throughout the whole Carle region,” she said.

Catron outlined the importance of stroke education, pointing out that nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. have a re-occurent stroke each year and strokes are currently the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of disability.

Catron said focusing on middle school students could help better disseminate information about recognizing and preventing strokes since they would hopefully take what they learn home to their families and talk about it with them.

She added that a study done in 2016 showed that educating adults about stroke is costly and its efficacy is limited or not present. The study showed promise in educating children about stroke.

Catron’s research study was aimed at gauging the effects of an education program teachings the signs and symptoms of stroke and how to quickly initiate emergency services affect the scores of a pre-test, an immediate post-test and a long-term post-test after 12 weeks.

Catron set-up the program through the school district, though she said setting up a research study in the midst of the pandemic did prove challenging.

Catron said she had a sample size of 42 students for her study.

Catron presented the program in-person to students on two different days which featured a variety of questions and activities for students.

Catron outlined the post-test scores for the board.

“On average, the post-test scores were 19 points higher than the pre-test scores,” she said. “On average, the long-term retention post-test scores were almost 11 points higher than the pre-test and eight and a half points lower than the immediate post-test.”

Catron hopes that data from this study can be used to help develop a larger program aimed at educating students about stroke.

“Based off the research data that we collected through the school district, this may be a program that we can pilot in Champaign County schools by the stroke coordinator with a possible expansion into other Carle service areas,” she said. “And it could be taught on an annual basis and it wouldn’t even have to be done by a health care professional. It could be done during a health class.”

Catron concluded her presentation by pointing out that early detection of a stroke decreases long-term residual effects and decreases the resources that are needed.

In other business:

The board approved the following personnel matters:

- Action to employ Allison Mann as Long Term Sub for Special Education at Hoopeston Area High School for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 16, 2021.

- Action to employ Anna Lowery pending proper licensure and approved background check as Long Term Sub for General Music Teacher Grades 1 and 2 at Maple Elementary School and Choral Director at Hoopeston Area Middle School/High School; Middle School/High School Show Choir Co-Director; Colorguard Sponsor, and half Musical Stipend for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 16, 2021.

- Action to approve Desi Martin pending proper licensure and approved background check as Long Term Sub for 1st Grade at Maple Elementary for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 16, 2021.

- Action to employ Kelly Ankenbrand as ESports Coach at Hoopeston Area High School for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 16, 2021.

- Action to employ Maria Baldwin as Girls Track Coach at Hoopeston Area Middle School for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 16, 2021.

- Action to employ Chelsea Ziegler as Head Softball Coach at Hoopeston Area High School for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 16, 2021.

- Action to employ Alexis Cade pending an approved background check as Assistant Track Coach at Hoopeston Area High School for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 16, 2021

- Action to employ Rebecca Baird pending an approved background check as English Teacher at Hoopeston Area High School for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 16, 2021.

- Action to employ Erin Fruhling pending an approved background check as Classroom Paraprofessional at Hoopeston Area Middle School for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 16, 2021.

- Action to employ Brian Zielinski pending an approved background check as Band Director at Hoopeston Area Middle School and Hoopeston Area High School; Middle School/High School Jazz Band Director; ½ Musical Stipend, and Marching Band with an effective date of August 16, 2021.

- Action to employ Michl Kearney as Dean of Students at Hoopeston Area Middle School for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 2, 2021.

- Action to employ Mary Morgan pending an approved background check as Personal Aide at Maple Elementary School for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 16, 2021.

- Action to employ Amber Wilson pending an approved background check as Classroom Paraprofessional at Maple Elementary School for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 16, 2021.

- Action to accept the transfer of Heather Cloud from Classroom Paraprofessional at Maple Elementary to Long Term Sub for 1st Grade at Maple Elementary School for the 2021-22 school year with an effective date of August 16, 2021.

- Action to accept the resignation of Samantha Russell as Girls Track Coach at Hoopeston Area Middle School with an effective date of June 30, 2021.

- Action to accept the resignation of Steven Kurk as Band Director at Hoopeston Area Middle School and Hoopeston Area High School; Middle School/High School Jazz Band Director; half Musical Stipend, and Marching Band with an effective date of July 1, 2021.

- Action to accept the resignation of Amanda Conover as Part-time Bus Aide at Hoopeston Area School District with an effective date of July 8, 2021.

- Action to accept the resignation of Ross Bryll as Drivers Education Teacher at Hoopeston Area High School with an effective date of July 7, 2021.

- Action to accept the resignation of Michl Kearney as Physical Education Teacher at Hoopeston Area Middle School with an effective date of July 7, 2021.

- Action to approve the following volunteers for the 2021-22 school year: Erin Anderson — Marching Band and Nate Allison — Soccer.

In other business:

- The board accepted bids for fuel and milk products for FY22 as presented.

- The board approved the amended K-8 and Hoopeston Area High School Handbooks for the 2021-22 school year as presented.

- The board approved the application and certificate for payment #3 from Reliable Plumbing and Heating Co. for the amount of $57,627.00.

- The board approved a bid for asphalt repair from Jodi’s Asphalt for $31,657.00.

- The board approved John Greer kitchen improvements for $28,000.

- The board approved Maple boiler repair for $49,460 from Entec Inc.

- The board approved a requisition for Eureka Math from Great Minds for $25,386.00 that will be purchased with Title I funds.

- The board approved the purchase of a new 71 passenger school bus from Central States Bus Sales, Inc. for $100,420.

- The board approved a requisition for ALEKS subscription for $15,984.00 to be purchased with Title I funds.

- The board approved an agreement with the City of Hoopeston for use of a District AED at the City of Hoopeston pool.

- The board approved a search for a School Health coordinator; position to begin August 23, 2021.

-The board approved waiving the first and second reading and approve the adoption of PRESSPlus draft updates and five-year review as presented; 3:40 Superintendent, 4:80 Accounting and Audits, 4:90 Student Activity and Fiduciary Funds, 6:20 School Year Calendar and Day, 6:300 Graduation Requirements, 6:310 High School Credit for Non-District Experiences; Course Substitutions; Re-Entering Students, 6:320 High School Credit for Proficiency, 6:340 Student Testing and Assessment Program, 7:100 Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations; Immunizations; and Exclusion of Students, 7:140 Search and Seizure, 7:300 Extracurricular Athletics.

- The board approved a resolution that will be sent to Governor JB Pritzker requesting local control and immediate guidance for COVID-19 mitigation measures for the 2021-2022 school year.

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