While no one likes to see this increase happen, there are some key reasons that it is needed. Our schools must remain competitive with the services offered by other districts. Because the state removed funding from MISD, as many as 290 key staff and personnel could be released. A decrease in personnel would be devastating to the quality of services offered by our schools and to our local economy.
An area where cuts could happen is in nursing staff. My husband and I have a “medically fragile” child in our family. Our school nurse is key to her safety and success at school. Without a consistent person on site helping implement her health plan, she could face severe side effects.
According to recent MISD reporting, “during the 2012-2013 school year, 118,462 visits were made to the school nurse, 915 of our students have life threatening allergies, 239 students have diabetes, 4,655 students have asthma and 372 students have heart conditions.” The challenge for our schools to manage 118,462 medical incidents without a trained professional at each campus would be tremendous. These incidents aren’t just for “band-aids,” either. These nurses often administer complicated treatments, ones that could open the school district to liability if not done properly.
It is extremely important to our community that MISD continues to offer the high level of service it has established to its students and families. Our property values depend on the quality of our school district and the livability of our community. I encourage those who believe that schools can be leaner to make an appointment with their closest campus to see our schools in action.
Please vote for this funding replacement. Early voting begins Sept. 4.