Health Scare Proves Costly To Several School Districts
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nine Texas school districts together spent nearly $117,000 for cleaning campuses amid concerns about the possible spread of Ebola.
The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/1ukezeQ ) reports the districts paid for cleaning even as medical professionals declared it unnecessary. The figures reported Monday came from public information requests to the districts.
A man from Liberia who was visiting North Texas was diagnosed with Ebola and died in October at a Dallas hospital. Two nurses were infected but survived.
The Belton Independent School District spent nearly $36,000 for precautionary cleaning. The district temporarily closed three campuses after a family, including two students, traveled on the same flight as one of the nurses.
Garland ISD spent nearly $32,000. The Burleson, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw, Grapevine-Cooley, Highland Park, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Lago Vista and Royse City school districts spent lesser amounts.