Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka High to House Health Clinic

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Topeka High to House Health Clinic

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An in-house health clinic is expected to open inside Topeka High School by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, district officials said Wednesday.

"Expanding health care services is part of our district five-year strategic plan," superintendent Tiffany Anderson said in an email. "We are excited to continue the work of finding ways to support the needs of our students through creative partnerships."

Members of the Topeka Unified School District 501 board of education approved Kendall Construction, of Topeka, to make the structural changes at the school that, according to board documents, are expected to cost $127,242 and will be paid for with capital outlay funds. To make room for the health clinic, other offices on the west end of the first floor that will be renovated or reconfigured include areas for the school's security, business, cafeteria, athletic director and basketball coach, board documents show.

While the board approved the project during its Dec. 21 business meeting, few concrete details about the project were available Wednesday, like an opening date and what specific services will be provided other than "health care and mental health services" and what money will be used for ongoing operating expenses.

Misty Kruger, USD 501's director of communications, said Topeka High was chosen as the location for the clinic because of its enrollment numbers and that the school is eligible for federal funds. She said it hasn't been determined who will provide the health care services other than the district has "been able to form multiple partnerships to provide services in a variety of ways for our students who are in need."

"That's still part of the logistics being worked out," she said in an email.

Kruger said USD 501 has already expanded mental health services by increasing the number of counselors and social workers throughout the district. …

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