Announcements

2015-2016 ANNUAL REPORT

IDAHO SCHOOL DISTRICT COUNCIL

 

The Idaho School District Council has completed its forty-fourth year of operation as a cooperative service agency, serving Idaho school districts and affiliate organizations.  The following report is provided to the membership and is being made available on the ISDC website www.idsdc.org for the review by the membership and the general public.

The staff of the ISDC remained the same as in the previous year.  Dr. Michael Friend served his tenth year as the part-time ISDC Executive Director, and Debbie Fausett completed her twelfth year as the ISDC Office Manager.  Tim Rosandick, Caldwell, served as the Chairman of the Board for the 2015-2016 term.

Throughout the course of the year, there were many opportunities to review the various services of the Council’s operation.  The Council maintained its effort of providing to membership quality supplies, good service, and low prices. Business relationships with a variety of vendors, including COSTCO, were maintained.

The Council had a visible presence as an exhibitor at the Idaho Association of School Administrators’ Annual Meeting, Idaho Association of School Business Officials, and the Idaho School Boards’ Association.  Regional “Spring Workshops” were also held.  Through this exposure, the role and mission of the Council has been reinforced.

The partnerships with Blue Cross of Idaho, Willamette Dental of Idaho, Standard Life Insurance, People Systems, Valuation Northwest, Actuaries Northwest, and Business Psychology Associates were renewed and strengthened through on-going communications.

At the Council Board’s direction, the staff continues to explore new business partnerships that will offer products and services for Council member consideration, at a reduced price.

For many years, the Council has been able to provide a refund to the participants in the Statewide Schools Health Insurance Program, based on its Surplus Premium Agreement with Blue Cross of Idaho.  This Agreement provides a sharing of the risks as well as the profits in the partnership between Blue Cross of Idaho and the ISDC.  We have sought to reach a 91% target-loss ratio, striving to have the premiums collected and the claims paid, balance.

Implementation of the Idaho School District Council Self-funded Benefit Trust occurred during the 2015-16 plan year, encompassing health, dental, and vision coverage for participating school districts and affiliated organizations.  The following members served as trustees:   Jerry Evans, Jim Cobble, Jim Reed, Gordon Woolley, and Darren Uranga.  Debbie Hainke served as the Benefit Manager and worked directly with the Board of Trustees and participating districts and charter schools regarding the various programs governed by the Trust.

The Idaho School District Council Board of Directors retains its role in the administration of the “over 65” health insurance offerings, the Dental Blue Connect offering (Willamette Dental), life, and other non-medical programs and offerings.

The membership of the ISDC for the 2015-2016 school year totaled 142 members representing school districts, charter schools and affiliates.

There were 127 members enrolled in one or more portions of the Statewide Schools Health Insurance Program.  Fifty-nine members offered the Willamette Dental option, also known as Dental Blue Connect to their employees.

The unemployment claims monitoring program had twenty participants.

Employee assistance programs, offered through Business Psychology Associates and endorsed by both the Council and Blue Cross of Idaho, were offered in twenty-two districts.

Standards Life Insurance, a long-time ISDC endorsee, was offered as a benefit in forty-three districts.

This report was prepared by Tim Rosandick, Executive Director and presented to the Board of Directors on August 4, 2016.