Board gets OK for new benefits

The five Clark-Pleasant school board members can now enroll in the same health insurance program offered to teachers and other staff, though board members would pay higher monthly pre­miums.

This is the first time a local school district has offered insurance to its elected members. Superintendent Patrick Spray said the school board members should be offered health insurance because he considers them employees of the school district. School board members are elected, meet for 12 public meetings each year as well as for multiple executive sessions and training, and are paid $2,000 annually.

Spray and board member John Venter said offering insurance to school board members shouldn’t add any costs for taxpayers.

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