Written by The Associated Press.

Bedford, Va. school officials spent about $216,000 to disinfect schools to prevent the spread of an antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria last month.

And now the school district is trying to figure out how to cover those costs. The School Board is now hoping the county Board of Supervisors will help pay the tab. The board also discussed the possibility of taking the money from other areas of the education budget.

Bedford schools closed for cleaning on October 17 after a Staunton River High School senior died from what his mother said were complications after being infected by Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. The decision has come under some criticism because health officials have said that disinfecting schools will not stop the spread of the infection.