Washington County’s health officer and schools superintendent met Saturday to talk about the future of health care in local schools, three weeks before funding for a nurse program is scheduled to be cut.
Health Officer Earl Stoner said no decisions were made at Saturday’s meeting.
For now, the Washington County Health Department and the school system will crunch some numbers, he said.
Representatives from each agency will keep in touch by email and probably meet again within a few days, he said.
The challenge is how Washington County Public Schools can continue to provide medical care for students in its schools. That had been covered through a health department program in which nurses and assistants worked in the county’s public schools.
However, the Washington County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to cut the $3.3 million in health department funding that paid for the nurse program.
The commissioners’ decision was based on a need to find $3 million to pay for new teacher-pension costs the county will have to pick up from the state.