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School Board Approves Applying for Bond

March 16, 2011

03/17/11 Tuesday night the Plymouth School Board was faced with increasing premium costs by the schools insurance carrier, Gibson Insurance, for workmans compensation claims.  The board agreed to pursue making changes in the way that medical care is delivered to claimants. Tyree said representatives from Gibson toured the school facilities during the summer. He indicated that Gibson suggested that the board adopt a policy that would refer claimants to a specific medical provider to oversee care.

Tyree said, “We want to insure good care, work with a doctor who knows and understands the referral systems, and can help insure that we don’t get taken.”

According to Tyree, there were eight work compensation claims filed last year.

Plymouth Education Association (PEA) Co-President, Laura Kruyer, attended the board meeting. She indicated that PEA did not have any objection to the change.

The Plymouth School Board voted unanimously to allow administers to apply for a Qualified Zone Academy Bond.  Tyree said the bond is specifically for schools renovating parts of their buildings to increase in such areas as gradation rates, employment rates in the community and to provide employment training. According to Tyree there is only $17 million for the entire State of Indiana and individual applications can be made for up to $2 million.

Board member Todd Samuelson confirmed that they are approving the application as a part of looking at resources. Samuelson said, “It doesn’t mean we have to use it.”

During previous board meetings, the board discussed renovations that will have to incur such as retrofitting at PHS for computers to be used for the New Tech High School.

Carol Anders Correspondent