Archive for Wednesday, June 15, 2005

School board delays action on insurance

Members question whether it’s prudent to switch companies

June 15, 2005

After debating whether to stay with a local insurance agent or accept a lower-cost policy from an out-of-town agent, Tonganoxie school board members on Monday decided to wait on a decision.

Board members scheduled a special session for 5 p.m. June 23 to vote on the issue. The meeting, which will be held in the district's central office, is open to the public.

The district this year hired James Charlesworth to review insurance bids and make a recommendation.

The bids were from Employers Mutual Casualty, through Evans Insurance of Tonganoxie, and Hawkeye Security, through an Overland Park agency, Gliem and Giddings.

At Monday's board meeting, Charlesworth told board members the two insurance proposals were fairly comparable. Employers Mutual bid $174,929, and Hawkeye bid $147,405.

"The bottom line is the fact that the Hawkeye program is over $27,000 less expensive than the Mutual program," he said. "That is a considerable amount of money."

Charlesworth told board members that while Hawkeye covers property and liability insurance for schools in other states, including the Kansas City, Mo., school district, it hasn't yet covered schools in Kansas.

"I don't like being the first -- it makes me uncomfortable," Charlesworth said. "However, considering the amount of money involved, I would suggest the board consider it seriously."

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