During Monday night’s work session, USD 489 Board members discussed implementing a safety program to help reduce an abundance of insurance claims over the past year. This would ultimately help reduce the cost of insurance for the district. However, it would take at least a couple of years to see a decrease in rates.
During the discussion of Multi-Peril Insurance coverage for the 2013-14 school year, representatives from Insurance Planning reported that the district had few options for Insurance coverage due to a significant number of claims.
The Board discussed the Board Attorney Retainer Fee. The fee could not be determined until the Board meeting calendar was set. Attorney Bill Jeter agreed to submit a flexible proposal based on the changes to the board meeting schedule. In the past, Jeter had not attended meetings. In recent years, Jeter has attended meetings and not work sessions. Board Vice Chair Darren Shumacher stated, “It doesn’t matter how many meetings we have, I want you (Jeter) there.”
The board briefly discussed contracts for Administrators and Directors . Attorney Bill Jeter told the board he needed some direction. Additional action on these contracts will take place at next week’s meeting to provide direction for Jeter and administration.
In other business, Board members had a lengthy discussion with Todd Bryant, District Technology Coordinator, on bids for wireless infrastructure upgrades throughout the district and the need for significant effort to improve the system.
The board had a brief discussion on Policy for Contracts with Superintendent Will Roth, and board attorney Bill Jeter about the Purchasing Authority which address purchases made under $20,000.
Attorney Bill Jeter asked the board not to take any action at this time on a Home Rule Resolution. The board and several school administrators held a 90 minute executive session to end a long evening of discussions.