By BOB OLIVER
HEIGHTS — The process has begun to have an Oakwood Teen Health Center installed in Tomlinson Middle School.
Westwood School District Supt. Sue Carnell said a date has not been determined for the beginning of renovations at the school, but both Westwood and Oakwood Healthcare Inc are in communication, and that parties are being contacted about performing the modifications.
The center will be in a modular at Tomlinson, and Carnell said the location is ideal because extensive renovations aren’t needed based on the size of the rooms and the fact that they already have necessities like running water.
She said the district is excited to have the center.
“It’s a great opportunity for our families, our adolescents and the community at large,” Carnell said. “This is a great partnership.”
There currently are two Oakwood Teen Health Centers in Wayne County, in Taylor and Westland. The centers work to positively impact the health of adolescents and young adults in partnership with them and their families, schools and communities by offering prevention and health education programs, general medical programs and counseling services.
There was a third center in Inkster High School, but the center was closed after the district was dissolved in July.
Carnell said more information about a prospective opening date for the center will be made public when it becomes available.
At the Westwood Board of Education meeting Oct. 17, the board made a motion to give Carnell and school district attorney Anthony Guerriero the authority to review and sign a contract between the district and Oakwood when the hospital finalized the language of the contract.
The authorization was given to expedite the process because the board wasn’t going to meet again until Nov. 21, but Carnell said the contract was received later than anticipated and that the board was given an opportunity to review the contract before the district agreed to it.
She said the board gave the contract their blessing after discussing it as a group.
Westwood Director of Operations David Stull said at the Oct. 17 meeting that the contract for the renovations is cost-neutral for the district because Oakwood is paying for any renovations done inside the building.
Stull said he doesn’t believe that the renovations will have a major impact on the building that could harm its use in future years if the health center is taken out.
(Bob Oliver can be reached at [email protected])