No change this year in NCSS health premiums
Superintendent warns of looming 2010 cuts
Cuts in employee health care, a controversial topic raised by the Newton County Board of Education at their Sept. 9 meeting, will not happen this year although Superintendent Steven Whatley was quick to point out Newton County will see cuts in its future.
Initially Whatley recommended approving the school district’s par- ticipation in the employee portion of the 2009 State Health Insurance premium at a flat rate of $50 per month, according to a memo released.
That would have allowed all employees, regardless of the insurance premium, the ability to pay $50 less than the stated premium for State Health Insurance. That option would also have saved the system about $300,000 which would have helped offset the $2.2 million in additional budget cuts that was initially expected in the FY 09 budget expenditures.
But after new information surfaced during a conference call with State Superintendent Kathy Cox, Whatley found instead of the 2 percent cut — or a bit more than $1 million — based on Quality Based Education funds, the system will face an additional cut of roughly $1.9 million. This number is in contrast to what the board had expected to be about $2.2 million and a difference of roughly $300,000. QBE funding is a method the state uses to allocate funds for public schools based on enrollment along with transportation and equalization and not the QBE earnings
“We presented three options,”