CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Thursday, Clay County schools solved their athletic trainer troubles. At Thursday night's school board meeting, the school corporation released positive I-step test results. However, the bigger story, for the standing room only crowd, may have been the new contract for athletic trainers.
Last month the contract for Clay County's high school athletic trainers came to an end and the school corporation opened bids for those positions.
If you remember the issue for parents in Clay City is that in the eight years of the contract, they've never had an athletic trainer for their student athletes.
At Thursday’s meeting Superintendent Kim Tucker presented the two bids from local hospitals. Her intention was to continue the athletic trainer program and ensure that Clay City Jr/Sr High School was included.
The first bid came from the current provider St. Vincent Clay Hospital. Their asking price would be $1,200 a month per trainer for 10 months.
The second bid came from Terre Haute Regional Hospital. Their cost, for one trainer and a half staff member would be free. But should the county wish to have two full time trainers, that would cost the county $32,000 for the school year.
The school board chose to go with Regional’s services; on the condition, they hire Northview's current athletic trainer to continue to work in Clay County schools.
The superintendent will begin working on the contract with Regional immediately. Regional has said they can have both trainers in place by December 1st.
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