School Board Mulls Upcoming Insurance Proposals

Uncertainty was the name of the game at the June 5th meeting of the Winn Parish School Board. After appraising the consolidated budget for 2022-2023, the board discussed an exorbitant increase in the insurance rate for the upcoming school year. 

While no insurance proposals were delivered to the board at the meeting, a possible $500,000 increase in expenditures is expected to be included in the rate for next year. 

“This is not just us,” said Superintendent Al Simmons. “This is happening all over the Gulf Coast. It’s going to require a lot of adjustment.” 

Rate proposals for the upcoming year are expected to be delivered to the board this week. WPSB will hold a special-called meeting to discuss the plans and vote to approve. They have until June 30, the end of the fiscal year, to approve an insurance plan.

Other business at the June 5 meeting included various house-keeping items, such as approving a bid to advertise for technology, receiving reports from the Academics and Instruction Committee, the Personnel and Salary Committee Report, and receiving the general fund actual report. 

The board mentioned that Calvin High School will be taking applications for a new assistant principal, and there have been a few applications from certified teachers for positions in Winn Parish schools. This was welcome news to the board. 

Finally, the board moved to an executive session for the superintendent evaluation. 

Those absent from the meeting were members Carpenter, Cox, and Scott.