Board approves benefit plan
Published Saturday, May 19, 2012
By Erika Pedroza
Northwest trustees Monday night approved a benefit plan for next year very similar to the current one.
Executive Director of Personnel Services Kitty Poehler said the benefits (co-pays, coverage, etc.) would be exactly the same from this year, and the only difference is a 15 percent increase in premiums.
“It’s telling of the times when you’re excited about a 15 percent increase,” Poehler said.
The plan includes:
- self-insured medical and dental claims administration, disease/precertification/large case management and preferred provider network with Allegiance Benefit Plan;
- prescription drug card/mail order with SXC Health Solutions Inc.;
- voluntary vision program with Vision Services Plan; and
- Alliance Work Partners as the employee assistance program provider.
In other news, the board:
- discussed financing plan for the fourth issuance of the 2008 bond and updates to localized policy;
- heard a monthly construction report;
- discussed extending its contract with Keller ISD to use its natatorium through 2018 because developments of the a future bond program don’t include one for Northwest due to a high cost;
Trustees also recognized several accomplishments including:
- Chisholm Trail Middle School, Seven Hills Elementary School and Clara Love Elementary School being named America’s Choice National Model Schools;
- the Honor Student Council School of Excellence at Kay Granger Elementary School;
- Trudy Potts for outstanding leadership efforts in the use of technology by promoting literacy success;
- Highly Qualified English as a Second Language teachers;
- Ashley Martin for her artwork used on Partners in Education materials; and
- six Leadership NISD graduates. Leadership NISD promotes the vision of the district, develops community leadership to support the district’s success and provides a resource for community input and involvement. It is hoped that the program attracts individuals who will be future members of district committees and teams.
At its next meeting Tuesday, May 29, the board will elect officers and swear in Judy Copp into Place 4. Copp replaces Leong, who resigned with a year left in her term. Leong’s last meeting was Monday.