The Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees have announced a Special Session on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center of North Clay Middle School. The trustees will discuss the possibility of changing the health insurance provider for all employees of the Clay Community School Corp.
Insurance coverage is one of the issues that has held up contract negotiations between the school board and the teachers union.
During the Fact Finding Session in December of 2004, both sides of the issue were discussed at great length.
The corporation wants to cap insurance premiums with a set dollar amount per policy and defer the rest of the cost to teachers in an effort to control the skyrocketing cost of insurance coverage.
"We have to get control of these costs," Superintendent William Schad said at the time. "The increasing premiums are beginning to out distance the new funds the corporation is receiving. This situation has been happening the last three years and it looks like it is a trend that will only continue."
At present, teachers pay 10 percent of the premium for a single policy and 40 percent for a family plan with the corporation's current insurance provider. The union does not want to lose these benefits and began their own search for an insurance provider, due to the corporation's budget concerns.
"We've found another company capable of providing the same coverage," Clay Community Classroom Teacher's Association President Russ True said after the Fact Finding Session in December. "But it sticks in our collective crawl that the last time we took a rollback, we saw other employees receive better coverage."
The Fact Finding Report, issued in February of this year, determined that the corporation should continue to use the same contrac with the understanding that meetings continue in the effort to develop a health insurance plan that would lower costs to the budget.
The public is invited to attend the meeting before the school board's executive session.