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LAURINBURG — An abbreviated supper meeting of the Scotland County Board of Health was held Tuesday so members could complete a training session for departmental accreditation requiring renewal by the state.

Board Chairman Bob Davis moved quickly over the agenda as other members finished a catered supper of sliced barbecue and roasted chicken.

The only new business was approval of three budget amendments already approved by the Scotland County Board of Commissioners: $13,260 for a program to encourage new mothers to breastfeed their children and to hire a peer counselor; $3,413.00 to update staff training in the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program and $50 in state funds to keep an account open for an educational program to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Board members were also reminded that next month’s meeting of the Scotland County Board of Health has been moved ahead one day, from Sept. 16 to Sept. 15, because of a scheduling conflict with Scotland County Health Department Director David Jenkins.

The training session was presented by former interim director of the county’s health department, Wayne Raynor, who gave a presentation prepared by the UNC Institute of Public Health about the role and responsibilities of public health boards in North Carolina.

The training program is periodically required, said Jenkins, so the county department can maintain accreditation with the state.

In part of his personnel report, Jenkins said the interview process has already begun to find a replacement for Lynda McMillan, an administrative supervisor who retires at the end of the month after 29 years of service.

“We hope to make a decision” from among several applicants now being interviewed “within a week,” Jenkins said in his report to the board.

In another report item, Jenkins advised the board that contractors have been working to strip and replace wallpaper and repainting in the department’s main corridor “to have a more customer friendly appearance.”

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