LAKEVIEW — Student athletes taking the field at the start of this fall’s football season in Lakeview will have the security of knowing someone with medical training is waiting in the wings in case of injury.
At Monday’s Lakeview Community Schools board meeting, members approved an agreement with Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids that would place a part-time sports medicine trainer with the Lakeview athletic department. According to Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, Spectrum approached the school system with a three-year offer.
“They brought the proposal to us,” Hamlin said. “Whether it’s someone here to address day-to-day concerns or an injury on the football field, it’s good to have someone on site to address these concerns. We’re getting a heck of a value and it’s providing for the safety of our students.”
Montcalm EMS is present at every Lakeview junior varsity and varsity home football game, according to Lakeview Athletic Director Tom Wilcox.
Cost for opting in to the medical trainer program is $2,500 for the first year and $7,500 for each of the following two years.
Board member Jeff Kurtze pointed out the sports medicine trainer also provides a certain level of liability protection to the school along with health safety for students.
“It’s great having someone come on,” Kurtze said. “I don’t think we can afford not to do this.”
Phillip J. Adler, manager of Spectrum’s sports medicine program, was on hand to answer board members’ questions.
“This is an opportunity to bring professional and collegiate level care into the district’s program and athletic community,” Adler said. “As we get to know the district and the families we will all be integrated into the athletic community. We will utilize local resources whenever possible.”
Adler added that the possibility of concussions — a major concern for high school football players — tops his list of problems the sports medicine provider will be looking out for.
In other action, the board voted to continue its contract with the school nurse, who floats between the elementary, middle and high schools, putting in 20 hours a week for an annual salary of $29,000.
The board also voted to continue its contract with the Lakeview Police Department for a school resource officer. Last year, the school split the cost with the state of Michigan, which picked up half the tab for the officer’s presence. This year, the school is required to cover the entire $17,500 annual salary for 25 hours of service per week.
The board approved the purchase of $30,000 worth of new musical equipment for the high school band. The money was a line item on the school improvement bond recently approved by voters.
According to Hamlin, most of the school’s current band equipment is old and in dire need of replacement.
“Most of those instruments are older than I am,” Hamlin said. “I’m glad we have the option to upgrade this.”
Kurtze echoed Hamlin’s sentiments, pointing out all the award the high school band has garnered in recent years.
“I’m happy to do this,” Kurtze said.
The school will purchase the equipment from Meyer Music in Grand Rapids, which came in with the lowest in-state bid. Hamlin noted that one out-of-state bid came in that was lower, but the music department felt more comfortable dealing with Meyer, which has provided repair services to the music department many times in years past.
The board also noted upcoming orientation and open houses scheduled for the schools. Lakeview High School’s eighth grade orientation is set for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27; Lakeview Middle School’s fourth grade orientation is 4:30 p.m. Aug. 27; and Lakeview Elementary School’s open house is set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27.
The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 3, for all grades.
The board meets next at 7 p.m. Sept.9.