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UPDATE: Ben Logan debates self-funding consortium

The Benjamin Logan Board of Education mulled more financial pros and cons Monday prior to a vote to join other area districts in switching from “fully insured” to a wellness incentive-based, self-funded insurance model consortium.

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Preferred Benefits representative Mark Pettit spelled out known financial variables associated with the model that will team Ben Logan with Bellefontaine, Indian Lake, Riverside and the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center school districts in a consortium of consumers pooling resources in an attempt to lower insurance costs to the schools and staff.

Through the consortium, boards expect to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal taxes and realize those savings as assets rather than payouts.

Consortium leaders continue to hammer out the fine details, including the creation of by-laws, and expect the final model to be approved in November, with implementation of the new program in January.

Ben Logan Middle School students demonstrated a new program instituted this year — Raider News at Noon — a student-led daily television broadcast of middle school happenings, written, produced and presented by students shown daily in the cafeteria during the lunch period.

Instructors said the program has been well received by fellow students and staff alike, with language arts and science teachers asking to contribute book reviews and weather reports to the program. Technologist Brian Greavu said the response has been so positive that “you can hear a pin drop” in the once-noisy cafeteria.

Moving forward, the board approved a five-year forecast and the permanent budget for Fiscal Year 2014, with $16,013,486 in the general fund and a total budget of $20,929,447.74. Rates and amounts determined by the budget commission also were approved.

Addressing personnel matters, ...

Read more about the Ben Logan BOE meeting in Tuesday's Examiner.

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