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Lawrence I. Kring, Morristown Board of Education Member, tapped as district physician

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MORRISTOWN — Dr. Lawrence I. Kring has been tapped as the school physician for the 2013-2014 school year at Morristown Central School.

Dr. Kring, who is also a member of the district board of education, is exempt from a conflict of interest violation, according to Superintendent David J. Glover.

“Educational law does not allow any individual board members to gain financial gain or have a conflict of interest in terms of appointments,” Mr. Glover said.

“There are two school positions that do not apply to the conflict of interest. One of those is district clerk, the other is school physician,” Mr. Glover added. “There is no conflict of interest with Dr. Kring as a medical practitioner and his operations as a school board member.”

The contract, worth $5,000, is technically between Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Morristown Central School

“The fee itself goes to Claxton-Hepburn, it doesn’t go to him directly so there is another layer of protection in terms of a board member not gaining any financial gain in terms for the district,” Mr. Glover said.

Mr. Glover said, “The contract is with the hospital but in terms for that, Larry will do the work on the hospital’s behalf.”

The school physician’s responsibilities include providing health examinations for students who do not present a physician’s certificate, providing required examinations before students participate in athletic programs and reviewing accident reports that took place on school property or during school events.

While part of his duties also include providing health examinations of district employees at the direction of the board of education, Mr. Glover said, “In the event that we have an employee situation that might require us to have a physical examination, we would contract with a different physician.”

Mr. Glover said this way they would avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Dr. Kring and board member James Michaels abstained from the vote taken at Wednesday’s meeting. Mr. Michaels is also an employee of Claxton-Hepburn.

Board members Mark Tayler and Shawn Macaulay were joined by Vice President W. Darrell Merkel and President Cyril Aldrich in voting in favor of Dr. Kring’s installation as the district’s physician.

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