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December 17, 2013

E.B. Board complies with Affordable Care Act

Temporary employees may qualify for health insurance

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — In compliance with the Affordable Care Act, East Bernstadt Independent School District will be forced to offer health insurance to anyone averaging more than 30 hours a week - even if they aren’t full-time workers.

The item was a topic for discussion during the board’s meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12. The act mandates that East Bernstadt measure all of its employees’ hours from Oct. 3, 2013 to Oct. 2, 2014. This includes everyone, from Superintendent Vicki Jones to a substitute teacher or coach.

However, this isn’t a glaring issue at the moment, as the majority of East Bernstadt’s employees are either full-time or don’t qualify.

“The board can make it a policy that substitutes never get more than a certain amount of days per year and therefore never qualify,” said Amy Brown, financial director. “We don’t have very many substitutes to choose from and that would limit us.”

Having a long-term substitute, compared to a series of short-term subs, helps maintain the educational process. They come in handy when teachers are forced to take medical or maternity leave for six months to a year.

In the same vein, coaches more often than not have separate jobs or are already full-time employees within the school.

At this time, the board is not going to place any restrictions for part-time and temporary employees.

Any employees that qualifies will have open enrollment from Oct. 3 to Dec. 31, 2014. Health insurance will go into effect in January 2015.

Other points of interest included:

• The interior of the new administration building is set for completion mid-January. The new gymnasium will begin construction immediately thereafter.

• East Bernstadt will not be attending the National School Board Association’s 73rd Annual Conference. The board agreed to forgo membership in the NSBA in an effort to save $1,700 in annual dues and additional costs of attending the conference.

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