By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
---- — BEEKMANTOWN — The Beekmantown Central School Administrators Association has agreed to switch from Plan A to Plan B health insurance.
“I just applaud them for it," BCSD Superintendent Dan Mannix told the Press-Republican. "It’s a good move; it’s a good move for them and a good move for us.”
The union's new four-year contract, which was approved by the School Board at a recent meeting, calls for average salary increases of 3 percent.
The administrators will contribute 16 percent of their health-insurance premiums in the first year and 16.5 percent in the second.
For the last two years of the contract, the group's contributions will increase to 17 percent.
“That’s very significant," Mannix said.
The superintendent believes the contribution rate is one of the highest among administrative groups in this BOCES district.
"The Beekmantown Administrators Association is keenly aware that sustainability is one of the most pressing issues facing public education today," the union's President Gary Lambert told the Press-Republican in an email. "The move to Platinum Plan 2 (Plan B) was simply another in a continuing series of steps that our unit members unanimously agreed to to help the long-term viability of the district.
"As the instructional leaders of the district, we recognize the role we play, and are proud to do our part."
The Beekmantown Teachers and Support Staff unions made the switch to the less costly plan earlier this year.
Like their contracts, the administrative agreement includes a Health Reimbursement Agreement, which calls for the district to refund employees for certain deductibles and co-insurance costs.
Still, having all three groups on the alternative plan will save the district more than $400,000 annually, according to Mannix.
“I’m just really happy that every unit has now gone to Plan 2," he said. "That’s unprecedented in our area.”
Mannix noted that the district's unions have stepped up before when the school was in times of need.
The Administrators and Teachers associations, for example, agreed to pay freezes in previous years, saving the district more than $300,000.
And after watching the teachers and support staff make the health-insurance move in January, Mannix said, the administrators decided to follow suit.
While BCSD's financial outlook has improved over the past year, he added, the group still recognized that the switch was a good thing to do for the school and its students.
“We’ve got great people here," the superintendent said.
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