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School Nurse Program Could Be Hurt By Cabarrus County Budget Cuts

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Cabarrus County Commissioners voted this week to slash roughly $3 million from the county budget. The cuts include funding for economic development, jobs at county parks and libraries, and the school nurse program.

The director of the Cabarrus Health Alliance, which operates the school nurse program, says the cuts could affect the number of hours and days nurses are at the schools and possibly school nurse positions.

There are 43 school nurses in Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City Schools. School Nurse Supervisor Alice Luttman said, “It’s the only job that I am thanked on a daily basis and that I feel pride every day when I go home. Sorry I get emotional, but it’s one job that I really feel like I touch lives everyday.”

The Cabarrus Health Alliance Director says the cuts mean school nurses won’t have as many workdays to train or meet with teachers when kids aren’t in school. “Not only are we helping the children stay healthy, but we’re also helping the school staff to focus on their jobs in the classroom and instructing the children," Luttman said.

Neva Jo Roberts has a grandchild in Cabarrus County Schools. Roberts said, “It means a lot that we have somebody to take care of them that knows CPR, first aid, and knows about early childhood diseases.”

For more information on other cuts to county services, click here.

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