By Pam Robinson
At its Monday, August 20, meeting, the Mount Vernon School Board approved insurance carriers for personnel as recommended by the District Insurance Committee. Their vote encompassed health, dental, Life and accidental death and dismemberment, or AD & D, and long-term disability, or LTD, insurance coverage.
Anthem was selected to finish the three-year contract with Welborn Health Plans since Welborn is exiting the insurance market. The contract runs from October 1 this year through September 30, 2013 and allows employees to choose from a $500 deductible PPO plan, a $1,500 deductible PPO plan, and a $3,000 deductible High Deductible Health Plan, or HDHP, with Health Savings Account, or HAS—with this last option available beginning January 1, 2013. Employees will no longer have access to a $100 deductible plan.
Employee premiums for Anthem insurance were outlined by Loren Evans, Director of Business and Technology. His chart revealed the rate increase or decrease in transitioning from Anthem to Welborn:
The board’s voted renewed the contract with HRI Dental, beginning October 1 this year and running through September 30, 2014. The continued coverage comes with a 2 percent rate increase with no change in benefit.
Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD & D) insurance will be supplied by Guardian on a 3-year contract from October 1 this year through September 30, 2015. Their premiums allow a 21 percent rate decrease. Likewise, Guardian will provide long-term disability (LTD) insurance, also on a 3-year contract from October 1 this year through September 30, 2015. This premium allows for a 17 percent rate decrease.
The administration hopes to bring a recommendation to the next meeting on vision insurance. Once again, Guardian seems to offer the best value, but the insurance committee wants to ensure an adequate level of coverage.
In other business:
•The board confirmed the employment of the following personnel: Laura Boarman, high school cafeteria; Maryanne Clowers, speech pathologist (90 percent) at Farmersville and the junior high; Heather Creek as special education teacher assistant at the high school; Kristina Griffin, remediation teacher assistant (32 percent) at West; Shelley Paris, computer lab teacher assistant at the junior high; Mary Paul, remediation teacher assistant for remediation (68 percent) and for after school program (32 percent); Melanie Potts, remediation teacher assistant at West; Lori Redman, part time special education teacher assistant at the junior high; Nikki Schneider, Farmersville cafeteria; Kimberly Tucker, teacher assistant for remediation at West and part time after school assistant (32 percent).
•The board accepted the resignations from Jacey Childers and Beth Dickens as teacher assistants effective immediately.
•The board approved a non-paid professional leave of absence for semester two of the 2012-13 school year from Janelle Burton.
•The board approved the notice to taxpayers of tax levies for the 2013 budgets and the notice to taxpayers of the school bus replacement plan. In the same vote, the board granted permission to advertise for the following funds: General Fund, Debt Service Fund, Pension Bond Debt Service Fund, Capital Projects Fund, Transportation Fund, Bus Replacement Fund, and Rainy Day Fund.
•The board adopted a resolution appointing Loren Evans as a trustee to the Educational Services Risk Funding Trust (ESCRFT).
•The board discussed goals for the following expenditure categories: 1) academic achievement, 2) student instructional support, 3) overhead and operational expenditures, and 4) nonoperational expenditures. The desire of the state legislature is to see schools spend a greater percentage of their budget in categories one and two and less in three and four. The item will be placed on a future agenda for possible action.
The Mount Vernon School Board will meet again Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 5:45 p.m. in the junior high media center. Everyone will observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September
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