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Plum school administrators set to pay more for health coverage

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Medical insurance benefits for employees cost the Plum School District about $4 million a year.

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Plum School District's administrators are scheduled to pay more for their health benefit coverage.

The change is a part of the new Act 93 agreement that extends from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2017.

The agreement covers administrators' employment terms including evaluations, compensation and fringe benefits for about 25 district employees including Superintendent Timothy Glasspool, building principals, athletic director, technology and food service directors and others.

Glasspool said under the new agreement, the buyout amount for administrators who decide they will not take the health benefit coverage offered by the district decreases from $400 a month to $200 a month per employee.

Additionally, all administrators will subscribe to an HMO benefit plan that is less costly than a PPO plan.

Glasspool said the savings to the district from employees moving under the HMO coverage is about $23,100 a year.

Additionally, Glasspool said administrators will pay a higher premium for their health benefit coverage as well as an additional annual payment. Glasspool said he did not have the total cost savings from the increased payments.

This is a significant savings for the school district,” school board member Sal Colella said.

Colella praised the administrators for approving a new agreement a year before the current one expires.

“They (administrators) opted to do this a year early,” Colella said. “Everyone is stepping up to the plate. It is a collective team effort.” Colella hopes other employees will model the administrators' action.

“The biggest thing is they (administrators) have taken a role in moving the district forward,” Colella said. “It sets a different bar for everyone in the district.”

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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