Ketchikan Board Considers Opposing SB90

A bill intended to give the state more bargaining power over a statewide insurance plan could cost smaller school districts more money to participate.

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by Associated Press

KETCHIKAN- A bill intended to give the state more bargaining power over a statewide insurance plan could cost smaller school districts more money to participate.


If passed, Senate Bill 90 would require all Alaska school districts to join a statewide insurance pool. The plan would require school districts to contribute a set amount despite the marital or employment status of the employee.


Ketchikan School District officials say such a change would wind up costing them about $1.4 million more a year. The district currently provides a higher contribution for certified staff like teachers and lower amounts for classified staff members, like cooks or custodians.


The school board will meet Wednesday to consider a resolution opposing the bill as written.