Warsaw Schools opening Welcome Center for new students with focus on health

By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw

WARSAW — Warsaw Community Schools is using money from Health First Indiana to open a Welcome Center that will be located in the Health Services Pavilion in Warsaw.

The new program was announced at Tuesday’s school board meeting and Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert said it will open Aug. 1.

Tracey Akers, a longtime school nurse who has served as the district’s school nurse coordinator for over a dozen years, will oversee the new Welcome Center.

Akers will work to see all new students in the district from first through 12th grades, in an attempt to assess any health conditions the students may have and help connect them to local providers for hearing and vision screenings.

She said another priority will involve immunization.

Officials also announced Kennedy Wagner will take over as the nurse coordinator.

Akers will be joined by Hoffert for this week’s upcoming public affairs show, In the Know, which you can hear later this week on Kensington Digital Radio stations.