Parents Concerned About Health Care in Leon County Schools

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Parents and school leaders are trying to stay on the same page in the face of budget cuts changing the way health care exists in local schools. Instead of Student Health Assistants working in each school, the Leon County School Board says select staff members could be properly trained to give care to students. But concerned parents do not agree with the proposed solution. A few parent leaders and the school board met Monday afternoon to discuss the health care issue facing local schools.

Superintendent Jackie Pons said, "We're going to do everything we can to make sure that we protect our children and we keep them safe and we have a safe caring environment in our schools, but it is difficult times."

Angie Pichard, a spokesperson for the hundreds of concerned parents said, "We feel like there can be some trimming of the fat off the budget and there can be some reallocation of funding and that's really what we're asking and we, we're just asking maybe for a compromise or for them to sit down and include us in the process."

The Leon County School Board officially meets Tuesday night and parent leaders say they will be there to express their concern to be a part of the decision process.

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  • by kv Location: tally on Mar 12, 2008 at 01:57 AM
    is there really nothing else going on that we should worry about? seriously people, how many times does a kid go to the school nurse for something serious? if it is serious enough, an ambulance is called anyways. i do agree with patricia, waste does need to be cut but i think a school health professional should be a volunteer anyways, they do nothing but hand out advil to students with headaches. a school nurse is nothing but an excuse to go home early. why not cut waste and put it to use elsewhere like buying books for students, its the same every year, some classes get old out dated books because the budget falls short, the whole public education system needs to be restructured, priorities need to get straightened out and the school nurse is not one.
  • by Ivy Location: Woodville on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:26 AM
    Patricia good comments and suggestions. Lets see if any of these suggestions/comments are taken in consideration. I do believe that children are future leaders and should be handled with care.
  • by raw Location: tally on Mar 11, 2008 at 09:42 AM
    All of you who voted for amendment 1 got exactly what you all were told but since you wanted to save about $150 a year on your taxes instead of pushing for reform you got a bandaid on a missing arm....hahahahahahaha All of you who voted....your reap what you sow!!!
  • by Patricia Location: Azar on Mar 11, 2008 at 05:51 AM
    The state has gotten itself into a "fix" with Amendment One. It is not right to compound this mistake with more mistakes. I believe that before we cut something as important as health care for our children, that we cut salaries in upper level government positions, starting with the Governor's position and working down into other top levels of government. The next thing is to look into areas of waste. Utilize the employees of the state to get recommendations of areas of wastefulness. Then cut the waste. If after this is done and we still need to cut into our school health care program, please consider our retired medical community who may wish to volunteer a few hours per week to support our children's health in a school clinic.
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