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Hi-Point board votes to join self-funded insurance plan (Audio included)

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education voted Wednesday to join the Logan County Insurance Consortium's self-funded insurance plan.

The career center along with Benjamin Logan, Indian Lake, Riverside, and the Logan County ESC have been in the consortium for 20 years purchasing a fully insured package. With all the districts' boards’ approval, the consortium will switch to a self-funded model in January. The consortium will still use the Anthem network and contracts but will be responsible for setting its own premiums, making sure the premiums cover expected claims, and give the consortium addition run-out funds.

The center will be seeking bids to renovate a lab that will be the home of a new multimedia program. The space for the lab was made available by relocating the architectural and mechanical engineering programs' labs to Marysville High School. The renovation is part of a plan to reinvent the programs at the Bellefontaine campus.

The board approved the district's five-year fiscal forecast. The center set enrollment targets back in May. All of this year's enrollment targets have been exceeded. Treasurer Eric Adelsberger explained that enrollment numbers are important under the governor's new funding system. He went on to say that without the enrollment numbers the district might have to look into reducing programs to reduce expenses.

Treasurer Eric Adelsberger discusses the meeting's financial highlights.

The board approved a shared services agreement with Benjamin Logan. The agreement would allow the districts to share a cafeteria coordinator.

Assistant Treasurer Sheryl Losh will retire in April 2014 and Pamela Clark was rehired as special education instructor.

Carrissa Magnuson from West Liberty-Salem was recognized as an October Student of the Month. Magnuson is a health technology II student. Trestin Copenhaver was not present but was recognized as another student of the month. Copenhaver is a Benjamin Logan information technology II student.

The career center will house a public open house on November 14th from 4-7 pm. It will give the community a chance to look at the center’s different programs.

The district's social studies department will host State Senator Cliff Hite in the next couple of weeks.

Superintendent Jeff Price comments on the shared service and upcoming events.

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education will meet again on November 20th at 7 pm.

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