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USD 489 Board talks Safety Program

USD 489 Attorney Bill Jeter

USD 489 Attorney Bill Jeter

USD 489 Board Vice Chair Darren Schumacher and Chair Greg Schwartz during Monday's work session.

USD 489 Board Vice Chair Darren Schumacher and Chair Greg Schwartz during Monday’s work session.

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.

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3 Comments for “USD 489 Board talks Safety Program”

  1. I don’t understand why Jeter needs to be at all meetings. If there are agenda items that might need his input require him to be there if not no need to pay is high fee. After all the board agreed to join KASB and their legal staff. Just a waste of money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Darren Shumacher stated, “It doesn’t matter how many meetings we have, I want you (Jeter) there.”
    Well okay Darren – since you put it that way!

  3. “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.”

    So then as the broker for the district why didn’t Insurance Planning step in several years ago and provide the necessary services to prevent this issue? Wasn’t an Insurance Planning employee on the board for many years? Mr. Kraemer… where art thou? As a board member with insurance expertise where were you during these high claims years? Oh I get it your company probably charges a percentage on the premiums. Higher premiums, higher $$$$ in your employers pockets? Something about this is a little smelly!!!

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