ST. FRANCISVILLE — West Feliciana school employees will see a slight drop in their 2015-16 group insurance premiums that take effect Oct. 1.
The School Board approved new rates for group health, vision and dental, and life insurance policies at its Aug. 18 meeting.
The group insurance plan remains with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and will decrease by 1.5 percent from the 2014-15 premiums. Premiums will not change for the vision and dental policy with AlwaysCare Benefits and the life policy with Standard Insurance.
Meanwhile, the school system also must offer at least one option for all employees that qualifies under the Affordable Care Act. The act stipulates the minimum plan must be affordable with a payroll deduction of no more than 9.5 percent of the income of an employee.
Insurance consultant Jesse Babin, vice president of USI Southwest, and the board’s Insurance Committee recommended the Blue Star Plan, which will have premiums of $170 apiece per month, although the employee’s monthly share is $138 and the School Board must pick up the remaining $32.
In another matter, Superintendent Hollis Milton said the school district is off to a great start for the school year.
“It went very well, and it’s a credit for everybody working together,” Milton said of the start of school. “It made the first day very smooth for students and the transition back to school very successful.”