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MARYVILLE, MO (2010-08-25) A nearly two decades old school health program helping to fund nurses in rural Missouri is ending.
And that could put a strain on some of our smaller districts. The 5 million dollars Missouri grant program funded nearly 800 school nurses in Missouri, but recently got the axe because of the State's budge shortfall. Doug McMillan is a principal in Clinton Missouri and says without the healthcare, he expects absences to go up. About 70 school districts in Missouri say they're going to scale back health service this year because of the funding cuts. Several dozen more report they will completely eliminate them. State health officials say they're hoping to find alternatives to maintain the resources in our rural districts.
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