East board delays vote on retiree insurance
by Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org February 4, 2013 9:30PM
Updated: March 6, 2013 6:08AM
AURORA — The East Aurora School Board on Monday delayed a vote on a policy revision that would affect retired teachers.
School board members unanimously voted to table a proposed revision that would have affected insurance rates for retired teachers that were covered by the district’s plan.
In late November, retired East Aurora teachers were notified by district officials that their health insurance rates would more than double starting Jan. 1. Instead, retired teachers would be urged to enroll in the state’s Teacher Retirement Service — the other health plan option for retired teachers.
Several retired teachers spoke out against the proposed policy at the school board meeting. Ralph Padron urged the board members to consider delaying the vote.
“Please support your retired teachers. You owe it to them,” Padron said.
School Board President Annette Johnson said TRS was intended to be an all-for-one system and that policy revision will be needed in the future.
“In school districts today, that’s what is going on,” she said. “Insurance is going up and we needed to adjust accordingly.”
Johnson said it was difficult to notify all of East Aurora’s retired teachers of the insurance change because the district’s business office did not have retired teachers properly coded into a system.
East Aurora board member Ray Hull said he had concerns about the process that led up to the proposed policy revision.
“But I know and agree some insurance revisions need to take place,” Hull said.