By HEATHER CATHLEEN COX
The San Benito CISD Board of Trustees will analyze bids and finalize a decision regarding the district’s future health care vendors on Thursday, Aug. 7, at a special board meeting.
Earlier this summer, SBCISD advertised an open request for vendor proposals for the following services: Stop loss insurance; diabetic supplies, pharmacy benefits manager, third party administrative services for employee benefit plans; and cafeteria and voluntary plans.
District officials expressed that they were not necessarily dissatisfied with the current vendors but wanted to allow new proposals in an effort to potentially save the district money. SBCISD Board President Arnold Padilla said, “The Trustees felt we needed to open up an opportunity to third party medical (service providers).”
This open invitation to potential vendors included sending 60-day termination notices to the district’s current providers: Assured Benefits Administrators; Data Rx Management Inc.; RxSense Prescription Management L.L.C.; and Liberty Medical Supply Inc.
An unnamed evaluation committee has been enlisted to audit the bids received. Superintendent of Schools Antonio G. Limón said that common “practice is to keep the (identity) of the evaluation committee hidden until after a decision has been made (by the Board).”
This is the only way the district can insure vendors will not contact members of said committee for solicitous reasons, said Limón.
On Thursday, the evaluation committee will present their findings to the Board. The financial committee will be present at the meeting, and the trustees should make their final decision in open session, Limón said.
“It’s a procedure issue, that’s all it is….There’s still an opportunity for current service (providers) to continue providing services if the current companies submit proposals and happen to be the company of highest rank,” said Padilla. “I’m hoping that a proper evaluation will be made of proposals submitted.”
Other items up for discussion at Thursday’s meeting include possible action on the City of San Benito requesting a 40-foot utility easement at the old high school site, located between Hicks Street and Rose Street, as well as discussion of and possible action to approve the agreement with UT Health Science Center at Houston regarding instructional support service by Children’s Learning Institutes.
The last two items may be discussed in a closed session.