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County approves funding for third full-time nurse at nurse-less Lancaster schools

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8:00 am




Lancaster County schools now have funds in place for a third fulltime nurse.

And perhaps the move came just in time as the two current fulltime nurses in the school division are resigning, Superintendent Daniel Lukich said yesterday.

The board of supervisors on Monday unanimously approved the second semi-annual appropriation of the county budget, which included the transfer of $44,000 from the instruction category in the school budget to health and administration for funding the position.

In the same evening as supervisors’ decision, Lukich said the school board in a special meeting accepted the resignation of Jane Vogel from the nursing position at Lancaster Middle School for purposes of retirement. Vogel’s last official day is Dec. 31. She has taken leave until that date, according to Lukich.

Furthermore, Mary Bowman also submitted her resignation for leaving the nursing position at Lancaster Primary School, leaving the school division to seek three fulltime nurses with Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse certifications.

Lukich hopes to have the positions filled by mid-January.

Lancaster High School went without a fulltime nurse this fall after the school division chose not to replace the previous nurse who resigned near the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

In August, Dist. 2 Supervisor Ernest Palin proposed additional funding to the school budget for the position, but supervisors voted 3-2 against the measure two months later with Supervisors Jason Bellows and Wally Beauchamp and Chairman Butch Jenkins reasoning that money could be found in the budget for a third nurse.

Following the school board’s proposal…


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