OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish School Board on Thursday chose an employee disability policy that will cost the district’s 950 employee policy holders an additional 5 percent.
The board voted unanimously to adopt the UNUM coverage.
Standard, which had been the district’s disability insurer for several years, offered coverage with a 30 percent hike in premiums.
Skip Kovac, an insurance broker who also serves as the school district’s agent for disability insurance, recommended switching to UNUM at a committee meeting Wednesday. Proposals were presented by UNUM, Standard and AETNA.
The committee report indicates that committee members Hazel Sias and Charles Ross recommended remaining with Standard, while committee members Kyle Boss and Raymond Cassimere voted to switch. Committee member Candace Gerace was absent.
A concern by some board members Thursday was that employees did not have a chance to review the three plans.
“I feel the employees should have a voice,” Boss said. “What I’m worried about most is the support people. A lot of them are going to have to drop” the disability insurance because they may not be able to afford it.
In another matter, the board voted unanimously to increase the mileage reimbursement rate for employee travel to 36 cents per mile.