Add news
March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010
August 2010
September 2010 October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014 January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015 June 2015 July 2015 August 2015 September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 January 2019 February 2019 March 2019 April 2019 May 2019 June 2019 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019 October 2019 November 2019 December 2019 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020 April 2020 May 2020 June 2020 July 2020 August 2020 September 2020 October 2020 November 2020 December 2020 January 2021 February 2021 March 2021 April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 August 2021 September 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021 January 2022 February 2022 March 2022 April 2022 May 2022 June 2022 July 2022 August 2022 September 2022 October 2022 November 2022 December 2022 January 2023 February 2023 March 2023 April 2023 May 2023 June 2023 July 2023 August 2023 September 2023 October 2023 November 2023 December 2023 January 2024 February 2024 March 2024 April 2024 May 2024 June 2024 July 2024
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
News Every Day |

Broward school employees could pay more for health care

Broward school employees could pay more for health care

Broward school employees could soon get raises that come with a catch — higher costs for health insurance.

School Board members say they would like to give employees raises that average about 5% but have no money in the budget right now to do that. So board members asked Superintendent Howard Hepburn to propose about $100 million in potential savings that could offset that expense.

The possibilities ranged from increasing class size to reducing security staff to eliminating bussing to magnet schools. But during a workshop Tuesday, School Board members only found one they could agree on — requiring employees to contribute to their health care premiums.

Right now, the Broward School District is one of the few employers that give workers free health insurance, officials say. School district employees have co-pays for most services but do not have monthly premiums. The plan is administered by Aetna but self-funded through the school district. Costs to the district have increased from $168 million in 2016 to $235 million this year and are expected to rise another $13 million over the next year, a district document shows.

Exactly how much extra employees might pay is unclear. The School Board has discussed the idea only in closed-door session except for a brief mention in Tuesday’s meeting where they said they supported the idea.

A presentation for Tuesday’s workshop showed the proposal could save the district $24.7 million but provided no details on how the district came up with that figure.

District spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion did not provide any specific dollar figures.

“The estimate was based on one of the various potential models, including plan design and employee contributions,” she said. “Now that the Board has provided direction to the Superintendent, the matter has to be negotiated with labor groups before a final contribution amount is determined.”

Board member Allen Zeman told the Sun Sentinel on Wednesday the costs for employees would likely be based on how much an employee makes. A lower-paid employee might pay $300 or $400 a year, while a higher-paid employee might pay closer to $1,500, he estimated.

“It’s a real increase, but it’s only a real increase because we’re the last employer giving people health care at zero out-of-pocket expenses,” he said.

And if the district can offer a 5% pay increase, that might more than offset it.

A 5% raise would be $2,784 for an employee making an average teacher salary of $55,698.

Zeman said some employees already have health insurance through the military, a retirement plan or their spouse’s plan but are on the district’s plan as well.

“If you offer something for free, they’ll take, even if they don’t need it,” he said. “You never want to give away anything for free because people over-consume it.”

According to district figures, 23,836 employees received medical coverage and about 1,600 opted out.

Melissa Falkowski, an English teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, said she’s skeptical about the idea.

“It’s like your paying for your own raise,” she said. “It’s hard to say whether it’s a good idea. If I’m only going to have to pay $20 a month, and my pay will increase $200 a month, then maybe it would be worth it. But it’s also difficult for me to have faith that’s going to be done.”

The district is facing a tough budget year due to declining student enrollment, the loss of a federal COVID dollars and a $108 million settlement with charter schools over how previous referendum dollars were allocated. Board members say they want to close at least five schools in 2025, but any savings from that wouldn’t happen for another year.

School Board members asked Hepburn to propose $100 million in possible cuts or savings for discussion at this week’s meeting. Hepburn came up with a list, but described them as “information for discussion” rather than recommendations.

In fact, district administrators spent much of Tuesday’s meeting trying to dissuade the School Board from approving a proposal that would cut 162 positions, including 48 instructional facilitators, 24 therapists, and 23 teacher trainers. The proposal could have saved $12.6 million.

“This would have a significant impact on the quality of service that we provide to our students that run the spectrum from special needs all the way up to our best and brightest,” Hepburn said.

Board members say they were reluctant to make those cuts. Most other proposals either didn’t get discussed or were criticized by some board members. These include:

— Reduce software purchases and renewals ($10.9 million). The district said this would impact some of the mostly widely used programs in the district for email, financial operations, payroll, human resources, purchasing and student learning.

— Eliminate transportation to magnet schools ($5 million). This would require parents to provide transportation for about 7,300 students who attend schools outside their boundaries.

— Increase class size ($25.8 million). This would raise the teacher allocation funding ratio by one additional student, which would increase class size by an average of one student per grade level.

— Reduce campus monitors ($200,000). This would eliminate any campus monitors at elementary schools that are not funded by the 2022 referendum. The district would maintain $10.6 million in referendum funding for these positions.

— Reduce literacy coaches ($9.7 million). This would eliminate literacy coaches at schools rated A or B ($9.7 million), affecting 112 of 219 total positions.

— Reduce safety officers ($5.4 million). This would limit the number of school resource officers or armed guardians to one per school, the minimum required by the state, regardless of a school’s size.

— Reduce assistant principal positions ($3.1 million). This would require elementary schools to have at least 1,200 students to get a second assistant principal, instead of the current threshold of 1,000. Smaller high schools would receive three assistant principals, instead of four.

— Reduce custodial staff ($2.6 million). The district would switch from funding 3 1/2 positions per elementary school to three, eliminating about 62 positions.

Board member Jeff Holness said few, if any, of the proposals looked realistic, saying they could impact safety, mental health, enrollment and other aspects of operations.

“I don’t know if this was meant to be comedic, but it’s apparent to me that that this is not doable based upon these suggestions that are here to get us to that $100 million,” Holness said. “I think we may need to have a different discussion on what a realistic reduction looks like as we move forward, but I don’t like my time to be wasted. It obviously cannot be done in this fashion.”

Hepburn told the board he would review other ways to save money.

Минск

«Мы заякорились». Лукашенко призвал найти пути сотрудничества с Евросоюзом

England U20 overpower France to be crowned world champions

Suspect arrested for ‘threatening to kill Trump and his VP pick JD Vance’ in Florida days after assassination attempt

TV fame Drashti Dhami shares her workout routine during the pregnancy; see video

Exclusive - Sayantani Ghosh expresses happiness as sets of her show Dahej Daasi shifted close to her home; says 'I've been manifesting this for quite some time now'

Ria.city






Read also

Sainz admits choosing a team for 2025 ‘not easy’

When it comes to shopping, the ultimate status symbol is IRL

AKA sorority sisters filled with pride as Kamala Harris steps in for Joe Biden weeks before DNC

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro

News Every Day

Suspect arrested for ‘threatening to kill Trump and his VP pick JD Vance’ in Florida days after assassination attempt

Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here


News Every Day

Suspect arrested for ‘threatening to kill Trump and his VP pick JD Vance’ in Florida days after assassination attempt



Sports today


Новости тенниса
ATP

Рейтинг ATP. Рууд обошел Рублева, Берреттини вернулся в топ-50, Надаль поднялся на 100 строчек



Спорт в России и мире
Москва

Росгвардейцы обеспечили безопасность во время футбольных матчей в Москве



All sports news today





Sports in Russia today

Москва

Брутальный стюард из соцсетей работает на рейсе Москва - Благовещенск


Новости России

Game News

Warner Bros acquires MultiVersus devs as it shifts focus to free-to-play


Russian.city


Москва

Сергей Собянин. Главное за день


Губернаторы России
Домодедово

В Домодедово прошли антитеррористические учения.


Спортивные игры в СЛД "Москва-Сортировочная" филиала "Московский"

Филиал № 4 ОСФР по Москве и Московской области информирует: За полгода 14,9 тысячи жителей Московского региона оформили страховую пенсию в автоматическом режиме на портале госуслуг

Отрытый конкурс красоты и таланта «Одна на миллион»

Разрушая стереотипы. Стоит ли ехать отдыхать на Кавказ


Shaman назвал выступление у посольства США ответом РФ на блокировку на YouTube

Целовались на виду у всех: Анастасию Волочкову заметили в объятиях своего возлюбленного в Москве

«Он разнесет отель»: Самойлова предупредила о действиях Джигана после ее ухода из «Выжить в Дубае», но ошиблась

«Мой уход будет фаталити»: Самойлова довела Джигана на шоу «Выжить в Дубае»


Паес и Амритрадж введены в Зал теннисной славы в Ньюпорте

Победительница Уимблдона приняла неожиданное решение по участию на Олимпиаде

Теннисистка Мария Шарапова снялась без макияжа и укладки

Шнайдер прошла в финал турнира WTA в Будапеште



22 июля Всемирный день мозга. Отвечаем на популярные вопросы о когнитивных расстройствах 

Филиал № 4 ОСФР по Москве и Московской области информирует: За полгода 14,9 тысячи жителей Московского региона оформили страховую пенсию в автоматическом режиме на портале госуслуг

Филиал № 4 ОСФР по Москве и Московской области информирует: С начала 2024 года 140 тысяч женщин и новорожденных Московского региона получили услуги по родовым сертификатам

Путин назначил Романа Курынина замглавы МЧС России


"Спартак" после первого тура РПЛ оказался на 15-м месте в турнирной таблице

30 миллионов тормозных колодок выпустило Новосибирское ЛП Желдорреммаш за свою 80-летнюю историю

Открытие нового театрального сезона в Театре на Таганке

Источник 360.ru: на парковке рядом с «Охотным рядом» загорелась Mitsubishi


Технологическую конференцию TECH WEEK 2024 посетили свыше 3000 человек

СМИ: Байдену потребовалась экстренная медпомощь во время поездки в Лас-Вегас

Пассажирский причал «Кутузовский» капитально отремонтировали на западе Москвы

В СК заявили о росте числа преступлений, совершённых мигрантами с начала года



Путин в России и мире






Персональные новости Russian.city
Глюкоза

Глюкозе грозит судебное разбирательство из-за выступления в Красноярске



News Every Day

England U20 overpower France to be crowned world champions




Friends of Today24

Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости