Possible Case of Mumps in NE Nebraska; K-12 Funding in Iowa Leg Still Undecided

Feb 20, 2020

Courtesy the Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department

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Health officials are looking into a possible mumps case at a school in northeast Nebraska.  The Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department sent a letter this week to parents in the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge School District about the contagious disease.  

They recommend young people be immunized against the mumps.  They also say women who are pregnant and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of complications from the mumps.  The possible case in the school district hasn’t been confirmed yet.  

A health department representative told Siouxland Public Media News this morning, test results will likely come out early next week.  Also, she couldn’t confirm the age of the person potentially infected.

The Iowa legislature is behind schedule passing funding for K-12 education. An extended delay could create problems coming up with school budgets.

State law sets a deadline to pass education funding within the first 30 days of the session. That time ended last week.

Margaret Buckton lobbies for groups representing both urban and rural districts. She says schools have until April 15th to publish their budgets, but first, they have to provide public notice and hold board meetings.

So really our functional deadline – the middle of March. Which we’re 2-3 weeks away from that functional deadline.

House Republicans are calling for a 2.5 percent base funding increase, which adds up to nearly 20 million dollars more than Senate Republicans’ proposal.

Buckton says the difference is enough to flip decisions on hiring or firing staff. House Speaker Pat Grassley says schools have enough information to plan ahead.