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School Districts Face Increased Health Insurance Costs


By Jay Michaels

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) It's the time of year when teachers and school districts begin hammering out contracts for the next school year.

This fall the Jerome School District is facing a 12 percent increase in health insurance costs. Teachers representatives held their third meeting so far in the process. The superintendent explained it's a matter of letting teachers know about the specific issues for the coming year.

Jerome Superintendent Dale Layne says, “We have about 180 certified teachers. But a lot of employees, which insurance affects all of them. There's about 320 employees across the district.”

Layne points out the district has a good working relationship with its teachers. So that usually makes the contract negotiation process a good one.

Apr. 19, 2013.

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