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Washington County, Md., in school nursing deal

Thursday - 8/9/2012, 2:50pm  ET

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - School nurses are returning to Washington County public schools.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown ( http://bit.ly/P7A6Xq) reported in its Thursday edition that the local Meritus Medical Center will provide school health services in the new school year. The deal includes provisions for two one-year contract extensions.

The program will cost $2.7 million in the first year. That's $600,000 less than the county would have paid under a school nursing program that the county commissioners eliminated in June.

They cut the old program to free up money to pay a share of teacher pension costs that the state is passing on to local governments.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com


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