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Schools look for other options


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WOOD CO. (WAOW) -- School districts in Wood County face some changes.

The Wood County Health Department currently provides a nurse to schools in Nekoosa and Pittsville. In exchange, the school district pays about $6 per student to the health department. Wood County says they'd continue providing nursing services, but it would start charging about $77,000 per nurse, and it would have to be a full-time nurse.

A superintendent in Wood County says that's not a viable option.

"It would be extremely difficult to pay $77,000 for a full-time nurse. And again, it would be a decision - do we layoff another classroom teacher in order to have a nurse? School safety always being most important, but we also need the resources around to educate the children," Nekoosa Superintendent Dr Wayne Johnson said.

The Nekoosa School District plans to look at other options.

They've discussed teaming up with the Pittsville School District, as well as looking at other providers.

They meet with Aspirus Thursday.

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