DELAWARE - A new bill would have the state spend $1.2 million more per year towards school nurse salaries. Right now there is a nurse in every school, which is only partially covered by the state budgeting. If this bill passes, it would have the state cover these costs entirely.
This bill would allow school districts to allocate that money elsewhere. A state aide said this $1.2 million would be the equivalent of about 18 salaried nurses in Delaware.
At the Cape Henlopen School District, one of these nurses puts medical eye drops in the eye of junior Jordan Howell. He recently scratched his cornea, and was treated by the school nurses. He said he was happy to see the nurses get more funding.
Howell said the nurses office is often very busy though. For this reason, he said the school could use all the resources it could get.
"You should see how many people come in here per day," he said. "It's crazy. I come in here and I'm here for like ten minutes... to get my medicine for my eye. And there's more than 10,15 people that walk in every day."
He said state funding for the salaries, might allow the schools to pay more for other resources or programs to help out the kids. Mother Beth Feld said this was essential.
"I think that would be a good idea because then the school can use the money for something else to fund another program," she said.
But this is exactly what some others are concerned about. Lavergne Rayhon of Angola said the school districts should take advantage of the incoming money and cut taxes.
"To counter-act further taxes, I would approve," he said of the state funding. "But otherwise, I don't see a need to do it that way."