The Idaho School District Council has completed its forty-fifth 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 for the review by the membership and the general public.


The staff of the ISDC remained the same as in the previous year.  Tim Rosandick  served his first year as the part-time ISDC Executive Director, and Debbie Fausett completed her thirteenth year as the ISDC Office Manager.  Dr. Geoffrey Thomas, Madison School District #321 (Idaho School Superintendents Association representative), served as the Chairman of the Board for the 2016-2017 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.  Through exposure at these kinds of events, the role and mission of the Council has been reinforced.


The partnerships and endorsements with Blue Cross of Idaho, Willamette Dental of Idaho, Standard Life Insurance, People Systems, Actuaries Northwest, and Business Psychology Associates have continued.


At the Council Board’s direction, the staff continued to explore new business partnerships.  One such partnership created was with Optimizon, an Idaho-based, professional services firm that helps organizations create, execute, and manage ideal contracts for copier and printer fleets. Optimizon is completely vendor-neutral and does not sell equipment, equipment-related services, or supplies.  In cooperation with Optimizon, the Council issued a statewide RFP for copier purchase/lease and copier service contracts.  As a result, ISDC Members now have access to copier-related goods and services at significantly lower prices.


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.  Due to the Council’s creation of the Idaho School District Council Self-funded Benefit Trust, the final surplus premium payment of $1,996,929.91 was received. Seven hundred-fourteen eligible member organizations and individual retirees received surplus reimbursement checks.  This latest and final surplus premium distribution brings the total funds distributed to $41,733,118.


As indicated above, the Council-created, Idaho School District Self-Funded Benefit Trust, began administering to the health and dental needs of the active employees of Council members during the 2015-16 plan year.  Trust Board members have been appointed by the Council.  The Council also provided administrative support to the Trust primarily Debbie Hainke’s role as Benefit Manager.  Debbie has served a liaison role between the Council and the Trust.  Council Executive Director Rosandick attended several Trust meetings this past year.


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 2016-2017 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 3, 2017.