Teton County School District No. 1

Teton County School District No. 1 employees will see some changes to their health insurance this year.

The district Board of Trustees is set to vote on the employee compensation package at its 6 p.m. Wednesday meeting. The plan includes two major changes — one clerical, one financial.

First, district employees used to accrue time off under many monikers. Administrators had personal, sick and vacation time, while teachers had personal and sick time. To ease the administrative burden, all employees will now simply have paid time off.

“Maintaining three types is a lot more work than maintaining one type,” Director of Resources Kristen Mayo said.

The bigger change is to health insurance benefits. District plans are through WEBT, a nonprofit health insurance trust that covers many public entities in Wyoming. Costs from WEBT increased 9% over last year.

To avoid passing higher premiums on to employees or higher costs to the district, Mayo and her team devised a variety of plans last year, a trend that continued this year.

“Last year the board was able to approve giving staff choice so they can meet their individual needs,” information coordinator Charlotte Reynolds said.

Most similar to what the district has offered in the past is a plan with a higher deductible of $3,500, which does not cost employees. If teachers have more medical bills or anticipated needs, they can instead choose a higher-premium plan with a $1,000 deductible, and there are several other plans in between.

The two biggest changes are that the zero-cost plan has a higher deductible than in previous years, and the district had to reduce the amount it pays into employees’ health savings accounts.

Rather than $100 per month, which is what employees on the high-deductible plan received last year, they will now get only $32 per month.

To view the compensation package or submit a form to give public comment, go to TCSD.org/board.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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