School board approves employee health insurance renewal

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

During the regular meeting of the Concordia R-2 Board of Education, members approved renewal of the districtís health insurance plan.
Last year, the districtís plan with Blue Cross/Blue Shield came with a cost of $510.52, with an alternate high-deductible plan at the cost of $444.45. The district budgeted an 8 percent increase. After negotiating with BC/BS and looking at different options, the board decided to approve a plan recommended by Superintendent Brent Cooper.
The approved renewal will offer two options: Option 1, a PPO plan with a $533.03 defined contribution rate; and Option 2, a higher deductible plan at a cost of $463.92. The approval carries an additional maximum cost of $40.41 per employee, depending on which option is selected.
During the meeting, the board also approved a three-year bus camera lease with Fowler Bus Services, of Richmond. According to Cooper, several years ago the district had purchased and installed cameras for the buses. The current cameras are all becoming outdated and are showing issues rather repeatedly. Two of the cameras are not working well and are beyond repair. Cooper recommends entering into a three-year lease program with Fowler Bus Services for new cameras on each of the districtís six buses at a cost of approximately $93 per month per bus. The cost would also include installation and maintenance for the duration of the lease. The board approved the recommendation, which carries a total cost of approximately $20,000.
The board then entered into a closed session to discuss personnel matters. During the session, the board unanimously accepted the resignation of elementary school Assistant Cook Betty Faris.

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