This bill would amend Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the O.C.G.A. and is identical to HB 935. It would move the nursing program into the QBE formula, where distribution of funds would be based on FTE counts. It would also provide grants for supplies and a state coordinator for the program.
Each system would earn funding for 1 nurse for every 750 FTE’s at the elementary school level and 1500 FTE’s at the middle and high school levels. It would establish funding for 1 RN to 5 LPN’s. The funding would be based on a 180 day contract and would consist of only 50% of the average salary and benefits for a RN or LPN. The funding would be phased in so the in FY 2013 it would be 40% and in 2014 45%. LBOE’s would not be required to provide any matching funds for participation. If a system does not meet the minimum FTE counts listed above, they would receive “a base amount” of funding. Amended: 100% expenditure control for salaries and benefits of school nurses.
The bill would authorize the DOE to provide grants for supplies, distributed on a FTE basis, according to the regulations they would establish. If funds allow, the DOE would add a Nursing Program Coordinator, responsible for:
· Assisting in local nursing programs and in developing guidelines for utilizing volunteers and retirees to supplement the program;
· Standardizing reporting of health information from LEA’s;
· Assisting in identifying and obtaining additional funding sources (Medicaid, etc.); and
· Other duties to support the program.