The Houston board of education will seek bids for several items for the next school year.

Insurance, transportation costs discussed by school board

Financial matters – including employee health insurance and transportation costs – were tackled last week during a meeting of the Houston board of education.

Dr. Dan Vandiver said declining reimbursements from the state has the district looking at its bus system. The district spent about $430,000 last year on student transportation, and it was reimbursed only $129,000 from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. It is estimated that the funding will eventually drop to zero, Vandiver said.

Board members also discussed placing a cap on what the district pays for employee health insurance. That currently totals $345 monthly. Several districts, Vandiver said, have already placed limits lower than what Houston pays.

“Concerns about the financial outlook for schools, coupled with uncertainty in the insurance industry of the impact of new insurance laws, have made consideration of limiting the district’s outlay for insurance necessary,” said Vandiver.

No decision was made by the board.

In other matters, members:

-Heard a report on the annual audit of the district. No significant findings were made, and auditors praised the district.

-Were presented with a certificate from the Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education for the district’s recent designation of being “accredited with distinction.” It is the eighth year in a row Houston has been named.

-Approved a new form for use in the superintendent’s annual evaluation.



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