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Tonawanda School Board hears health plan pitch

The Tonawanda City School Board heard a pitch Tuesday from an outside consultant to manage its health plans in an effort to find financial savings.

William Brothers of Premier Consulting Associates delivered the presentation, telling board members that his company could provide such services as facilitating negotiations with the district’s bargaining units on health plans – including Tonawanda with other school districts that Premier works with – to increase purchasing power, and working for a 10 percent reduction of stop/loss policies.

Premier doesn’t offer health insurance policies, but rather examines the existing policies to uncover less-expensive alternatives.

If the district accepts the services, the cost of Premier would be paid for by the savings they accumulate, according to Brothers. Premier can also help if union-represented employees are interested in pursuing other health care plans.

The firm works with more than 50 labor unions and includes North Tonawanda, Orchard Park and Lancaster among its school district clients.

“Our goal is to keep things as consistent as you are moving forward,” Brothers said. “There’s a lot of ways to skin this cat.”

The board made no decision on the proposal at Tuesday’s meeting.

The district also heard an update about its ongoing capital project. Following the acceptance of contractor bids last week, work will begin on Tonawanda High/Middle School’s new choral room shortly and is expected to be completed in mid-March.

Then the contractors will move into phase two, working on a new band room in the same building that is set for a late June finish.

Contractors will also begin installing new wiring at the elementary schools throughout the rest of the school year. This year’s work is expected to complete the district’s multimillion-dollar capital project, the centerpiece of which was the new Clint Small Stadium, which opened last fall.

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