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Insurance woes hit FISD

June 9, 2012

Insurance costs on Monday's agenda

FORSAN — Like just about everyone else, Forsan Independent School District officials are having to deal with increased insurance costs.
When FISD trustees hold their monthly meeting at 7 a.m. Monday in the administration wing board room, their main bit of business will be in deciding whether to absorb the latest increase in employee health insurance costs, or pass some of that hike on to staff.
Superintendent Randy Johnson said the increase in Level I (the most basic) health insurance coverage will be about $14,000.
“That will raise prices by about $13 a month (per employee),” Johnson said.
“The board will decide whether the district will continue to pay the full amount for (Level I) coverage, or pass that increase on to the employees.”
Johnson said he will recommend the district continue its current practice of paying all Level I costs, but voiced concerns about increasing costs.
“As money gets tighter … it all starts to add up,” he said. “Something like this that has certainly been a no-brainer on our part in the past might become a more difficult decision to make in the future.”
In other business Monday, trustees will consider:
• A resolution to auction property to pay back taxes.
• Reports from the district technology director and campus principals.
• Personnel matters.
• Financial reports and the annual investment policy review.

Contact Staff Writer Steve Reagan at 263-7331 ext. 234 or by e-mail at reporter@bigspringherald.com

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