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Funding found to continue school nurse positions

August 16, 2011

Washington County Public Schools will fill a funding gap that could have eliminated health services at four schools.

The school board agreed Tuesday to contribute $175,000, letting health services continue at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, Cascade Elementary School, Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview and Marshall Street School.

Rod MacRae, a spokesman for the health department, said Tuesday afternoon that the Washington County Board of Commissioners cut $175,000 from the health department's budget this year.

As a result, a nurse position at each of those schools would have been cut.

Chris South, the school district's chief financial officer, said there's been no decision on where the $175,000 will come from.

Mike Markoe, the assistant superintendent for student and staff support, said the school system will decide at the end of the year what to do next year.


— Andrew Schotz

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