Rogersville City School renews contract with Promise Medical Group

Jeff Bobo • Oct 17, 2018 at 10:30 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The Rogersville City School Board of Education renewed its in-school clinic contract Monday with Promise Medical Group, which separated from Dr. Chris Calendine, its founder, earlier this year.

On Sept. 24, Calendine was sentenced to six months in jail and eight years of probation after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery against a child.

Shortly after Calendine’s plea, Promise Medical Group COO Sherry Ives told the Times News that Calendine hadn’t been a part of that organization for several months.

In May 2017, Calendine represented Promise at an RCS BOE meeting, during which the medical group was approved to provide health clinic services at the school. 

Calendine was accused of committing sexual battery against two boys ages 12 and 14 at his home the following July, and he was indicted on the two counts in August 2017.

RCS Director Rebecca Isaacs told the Times News last month that Calendine had not provided services to students and staff at the RCS clinic while associated with Promise.

On Tuesday, Ives attended the RCS BOE meeting for the approval of the new contract. 

“It’s our honor and privilege to care for your children and your staff,” Ives said. “... We are honored to have a presence here. As you know, there have been some changes within our practice. We are working diligently to get those changes corrected. We have several physicians in the pipeline we’re interviewing, and we have secured a physician assistant who will start with us in January.”

Isaacs noted that for the remainder of this school year Promise health care providers will be on campus Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Promise support staff will be on hand Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

“We won’t have anyone on Friday, but we still have our very competent Karen Stubblefield. Our school nurse is here. Our school health coordinator, Stephanie Eidson, who fill in for Ms. Stubblefield, is an RN as well,” Isaacs said. “We have a tremendous presence of medical personnel in our building.”

New video surveillance cameras

Isaacs informed the BOE that RCS received a grant to help pay for the installation of 12 video surveillance cameras. Four cameras will be installed in the old gym, four in the new gym, one in kindergarten east, one in kindergarten west, one in second grade and one in Central Office.

Undefeated Warriors football

The Warriors football team won the Big 3 Conference regular season championship with a record of 8-0 and qualified for the TMSSA Area 1 playoffs as the No. 1 seed. On Oct. 11, RCS defeated Unaka Middle School in the first round of the playoffs and hosted the Area 1 championship at Cherokee High School Tuesday night.

Best girls volleyball record ever

The Lady Warriors volleyball team completed its season 13-6, the best volleyball record in school history, and placed fourth in the Big 3 Conference regular season. The team placed fourth in the Big 3 Conference tournament and qualified for the TMSSA Area 1 tournament, but was defeated in the first round.


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