Proposal Denied: Superintendent’s TRS insurance proposal shutdown by board

Staff Writer
        With speculation circling over the last few weeks, the San Benito CISD has finally made a decision about the future of their insurance plan. At a special school board meeting on Monday, Superintendent Dr. Marc A. Puig proposed to the SBCISD school board that a change in insurance providers be made, requesting that the Texas Retirement System (TRS) insurance plan be adopted. Although an overwhelming majority of Texas school districts already use the TRS insurance program, the school board voted 5-2 against switching to the new plan, opting instead to focus mainly on revamping the current one.                
     School Board President Arnold Padilla, who voted against the TRS insurance plan, has faith that the school district can in fact prosper while keeping their self-funded insurance plan. “We just need an opportunity to redesign the current plan to where we can still offer great health care and have it be financially feasible,” Padilla said. “The school district has always had a self-funded insurance program… just recently we had accepted a proposal from a consultant that wasn’t very good and that’s what caused the deficit,” he added. 


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