Buffalo School District Eyeing Insurance Increase

Johnson County Schoolboard
Johnson County Schoolboard

The Johnson County Schoolboard, at their meeting Monday night, discussed a 16.5 percent increase in health insurance premiums for employees in the district. Aaron Palmer has the story.

The board was faced with passing on the increase to employees or covering the cost through a contingency fund. Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Rod Kessler explains why the increase came mid-year.

The $147,000 increase will only cover the district through the fiscal year that ends in June. The district will possibly have to negotiate a new healthcare contract then.

In other school board business, an audit report given at the meeting found the district had no deficiencies in compliance with state and Federal education guidelines.

Board chair Deb McMahon reported that the state had given the district an “Outstanding Graduation Rate Award” for 2010 for a rate of 88.89 percent throughout the district.

A non-tenured teacher has requested a leave of absence, and the board will address that at a later date.

Finally, vouchers for activities are becoming harder and harder to get businesses to accept, so the board approved a program on a trial basis for coaches and advisers to use Purchasing cards, or Procurement Cards, or P-Cards, instead of vouchers to pay for food, lodging and other expenses. The trial basis will be this Spring, with the understanding it will more than likely become permanent as vouchers become an even less acceptable form of payment.

From the Johnson County News Desk, I'm Aaron Palmer with sheridanmedia.com news.

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