Lolo School Forced to Cut Nurse’s Hours Due to Budget

nurse was funded by a four-year $120,000 anonymous grant for the past four years

By Molly Priddy

MISSOULA — Sick kids at a western Montana school may have to go see the school secretary as the Lolo School District has had to cut back their nurse’s hours due to a lost grant.

The Missoulian reports that Lolo’s school nurse was funded by a four-year $120,000 anonymous grant for the past four years, but that money has run out. Before the donation, Lolo did not have a school nurse.

The district knew the grant was running out — it had been intended for three years but the district stretched it out to four — and put a $110,000 levy request on the May 3 ballot to fund a full-time nurse. The levy request failed.

Now the school will have a nurse for four hours a day instead of a full schoolday.

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