Almost half the students at two Dickson County schools are considered to be overweight and 22 percent of all students are classified as obese, according to a survey being presented to the Dickson County School Board Thursday night. The 2012-13 school year survey conducted by the Coordinated School Health program measured Body Mass Index (BMI) and determined that 39 percent of Dickson County students rank in the 85th percentile or higher, which classifies them as overweight or at risk of becoming obese. The survey says 22 percent of Dickson County’s over 8,000 students rank in the 95th percentile or higher in BMI, putting them in the category of obese. In the obesity category, Charlotte Middle School ranked highest with 29 percent of students classified as obese by BMI, followed by Creek Wood High School and New Directions Academy at 27 percent, Dickson Middle School at 25 percent and Dickson County High School at 24 percent. The school with the lowest percentage of students falling into the obese category was Vanleer Elementary at 14 percent, followed by Stuart-Burns at 15 percent, The Discovery School at 16 percent and Oakmont and Charlotte elementaries at 18 percent. In the category of being overweight, Charlotte Middle and NDA topped the list with 49 percent of students. Creek Wood came in at 46 percent, Dickson County High at 45 percent and Dickson Middle at 44 percent. Stuart-Burns and The Discovery School were the lowest in overweight students at 27 percent while Vanleer was at 29 percent. Coordinated School Health program Coordinator Sherrie Grove is scheduled to present the results of the survey to the school board Thursday night. The survey screened 3,525 students in kindergarten and grades 2, 4, 6, 8 and 9 for its student sampling. Of the students surveyed in grades K-8, 36 percent were referred for dental assessments and 4 percent were referred for vision assessments. Of the students in grades K-5, 6 percent were referred for hearing assessments. During the 2012-13 school year, there were 47,821 student visits to the school nurses, with 89 percent of them able to return to the classroom, while 5,300 student visits resulted in the student going home or being sent for further medical evaluation. The school board meets at 7 pm Thursday and will continue discussions on its budget proposal, which includes adding two school nurses so each campus will have a full-time nurse on staff.