Washington County Health Department and school officials are to meet Saturday to discuss a decision made earlier this week to lay off 76 school nurses and their assistants, a health department official said Friday.
Health Officer Earl Stoner said officials decided to hold the meeting after the Washington County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed on Tuesday to cut $3.3 million in health department funding that was being used to pay the workers’ salaries and benefits.
“It’s unfortunate that we had to lay people off,” Stoner said during an interview Friday. “It’s not something that we want to do .... My focus and all of our focus should be on those people who lost their jobs and the students of Washington County.”
As of 6:40 p.m. on Friday, Stoner said he and Wilcox had not yet spoken to decide when and where the meeting would be held.
The health department announced Thursday that it would lay off nurses and other health care workers in Washington County Public Schools as a result of the commissioners’ decision.