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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Board set to eye insurance increases

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  • Health insurance rates for school district employees may rise, if the increases are approved by the Neosho R-5 Board of Education Monday.
    The school board is set to meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the administration center, the former Neosho Neighborhood Rec Center, 418 Fairground Road.
    Currently, the district consults with Gallagher Benefit Services for self-insurance. According to Tim Crawley, assistant superintendent of business and finance for the district, a rate increase has not occurred since the 2010-11 school year.
    The rates are as follows: $354 monthly for employees and retirees; $374 for an employee’s spouse; $181 for an employee’s child; $235 for two or more children; and $511 for family coverage.
    A 9 percent increase is recommended, making rates $386 for current employees and retirees; $407 for a spouse; $197 for a child; $256 for two or more children; and $556 for family coverage.
    Crawley said the measure is recommended to make adjustments for coverage improvements, remain compliant to the Health Care Reform Act, and to strengthen the fiscal plan.
    In other business, the board may consider extending a lease for another year that finances the following projects: lighting improvements at the tennis courts and football and softball fields; replacing windows along the back and side of Neosho High School; air conditioning at Neosho Junior High and at the high school; new scoreboards for the baseball and football fields; and replacing the roof and air handlers at Neosho Middle School.
    In the board packet, Crawley said the new lease must receive authorization by the school board annually so payments can be made.
    The district may also discuss possible sequestration cuts affecting Neosho High School’s Air Force Junior Officer Reserve Training Program. The Department of the Air Force has contacted the district, saying it intended to limit reimbursement rates to only 10 months, starting in the summer of 2013.
    Crawley said after discussing the matter with Major Bryce Langley, instructor, the two intend to ask the Air Force to amend it to 11 months for Technical Sgt. Richard Wade, and 10 months for Langley.
    “We are waiting to see what their response will be, but the net effect if we were to agree to fund the difference … is an additional $9,227.47 to the district,” Crawley wrote in the board packet. “When we receive their response, we will have the information to present a proposal to you.”
    In other business, the board:
    • Will vote on a consent agenda that includes acceptance of resignations and employment of personnel;
    • Hear information on investments and a report from the salary committee;
    • Hear reports on the guidance / counseling program, the ESL program, intramurals, yearbook and publications, spring sports programs, cheerleading, wellness and food service;
    • Hear reports from administrators.
    Page 2 of 2 - The board is also slated to meet in executive session to discuss personnel matters.

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