Brown County commissioners will consider laying off two school nurses effective Aug. 28 on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The board request comes due to the non-renewal of 2020-2021 school health agreements with District 88, New Ulm Area Catholic Schools and the River Bend Education District. Brown County Public Health Director Karen Moritz said public health will not have enough work to sustain school nurses Tammy Pippert and Elen Stark. In order to ensure economical department operation, the position reductions are recommended. Moritz added public health would like to reevaluate future department staffing needs during a more typical operational period. If the use of existing staff for the COVID-19 response that results in overtime becomes difficult to sustain, hiring more staff may need to be considered.


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