LANCASTER - Garrard County Board of Education voted Tuesday to apply for a grant to purchase heart monitors to keep a close eye on the condition of possibly obese students as well as students with possible heart problems.
Patricia Carey, one of two nurses in the school district, made the board aware of the grant to buy 30 heart monitors for the district. The grant totals $10,000; the board would pay $1,000.
Under the program, Carey and her partner, Debra Sims, would be able to periodically check on the conditions of students with weight, heart and other health problems, especially those that might be aggravated by physical exertion.
In other matters, the board voted to pay any teacher in the district $3,000 in supplementary pay if he or she earns national teacher certification. The certification is awarded to teachers across the country who complete a rigorous program of study and testing, according to Superintendent Ray Woolsey. At least two teachers in the Garrard district currently are involved in the program.