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Self-insurance coming Jan. 1

In a unanimous vote Monday evening, the Benjamin Logan Board of Education formally approved joining the newly formed Logan County School Employee Consortium, making the district a self-insured employer.

Additional 4-mill levy sought

 With Benjamin Logan’s five-year financial forecast showing a major decline over the next five years, district officials are asking for a 4-mill, 10-year additional levy “to ensure we are protecting our investment in education and ultimately in our communities,” administrators said.

 Officials said the formula used by the state of Ohio to fund schools relies heavily on local communities raising funds in addition to what the state provides, prompting districts to go to voters for funds. The state does not fund all the needs of a school district and expects the community to determine what level of education they want for their children, according to school officials.

 At Ben Logan, funds are needed to prepare students for their futures and to improve safety and learning environments.

 “This 4-mill levy is needed to maintain the quality of programs currently offered to our students, purchase textbooks and resources for students, upgrade and improve technology K-12 as

All county schools, except Bellefontaine City Schools, will begin the calendar year under the new plan, intended to save districts a hefty sum in insurance premiums while maintaining the same level of coverage for their employees. Anthem will be the administrator of the multi-district plan.

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Superintendent Jeff Price was on hand to talk about a new agreement with Ben Logan in which the two districts will share the services of a cafeteria coordinator, namely Jan McBrien, who currently serves in that capacity at OHP.

With the planned retirement of Ben Logan’s current coordinator, Judy Culp, district administrators hammered out a plan for her OHP counterpart to work on site at Ben Logan 92 days a year at a cost of $224.60 per day.

At present, Ben Logan feeds about 1,400 students and OHP about 400. The salary split, Mr. Price said, is 60-40, with Ben Logan picking up the higher tab.

But Ben Logan also stands to save the most. Mrs. Culp’s $45,675 salary was funded half by general funds and half from cafeteria funds. The general fund half will not be replaced, Treasurer Robert Kuehnle said, adding the cafeteria fund will support the plan that ultimately will save the district about $30,000 overall.

The OHP leader said the plan, which takes effect Jan. 1, will save his district $7,000 to 8,000 per year.

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