Health Care Premium Rise 'Outstrips' District's 2% Cap

Hillsborough School Board member Christopher Pulsifer said the budget will be impacted by rising healthcare costs.

Hillsborough School Board of Education member Christopher Pulsifer said an 11 percent rise in healthcare premiums will impact the budget process.
Hillsborough School Board of Education member Christopher Pulsifer said an 11 percent rise in healthcare premiums will impact the budget process.

Before the Hillsborough Board of Education can consider funding a wish list in its future budget, it faces a sobering fact: the projected rise of school district employee health care premiums alone totals more than the state-imposed limit on a spending increase. 

The board's Human Resources Committee Chairman Christopher Pulsifer made the announcement at Monday night's board meeting, urging the public to be aware of the board's constraints.

"Our district spends approximately $15 million a year on health benefits for everybody -- teachers, staff, administration. That's the entire employee set of the district." he said. 

"Right now, we’re looking at an 11 percent increase in our premium for next year. That's about $1.65 million. If you do the math on the 2 percent cap, based on our current revenues, that works out to approximately $1.6 million. So the healthcare premium increase alone will outstrip what the state allows, based on the 2 percent cap in our current budget." 

Pulsifer predicted that board members will have differing opinions on how to approach the district spending plan, which still awaits state aid figures.

Oher items the HR Committee is considering: 

  • Five more special education positions, based on state code mandated teacher-pupil ratios.
  • Potentially adding a Chinese language teacher for the expansion of the Chinese Language program, in accordance with the district's Strategic Plan. Chinese II has been added to the curriculum. The position will be either full or part-time, depending on enrollment. 
  • Potentially adding five new technology positions related to the large number of devices coming into the district, as called for under the district's Strategic Plan. 

Pen Man March 01, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Patch Fan – Get with the program. Let the roof leak, that way the roof will surely deteriorate rapidly until the point it needs replaced costing the taxpayers millions of dollars, but saving the $225.00 a simple repair on that roof could have once solved. Don’t you understand the “New Math?”
sammy March 11, 2014 at 03:44 PM
funny how we dont hear from pulsifer about the Chrome purchase and allied costs of personnel to support them for the high school; or how they will get the employees to pay in more for the health care, or if they will ever ever consider dropping their executive overhead.
Jack ripper March 20, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Or how many flat screen Tv's bought. New furniture costing more that one persons salary. Spend spend and just make up the difference from employees. Who cares if the roof leaks we got our flat screen Tv's that are as large as some family's home Tv's. Which are always turned on..... Hmmmm and down the drain we go.
Jack ripper March 20, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Shame on the board. Period.
sammy March 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM
AGREE , its shameful. But a gift has been handed to us this November. We can rid ourselves of Pulsifer ( he has NEVER voted against a budget, nor against more spending ) and the same for HAAS. There terms are up along with Haley. Vote for Haley, fiscal consevative with taxpayer mindset and rid ourselves of Pulsifer and Haas. We just need two candidates. Oh , whats the gift you ask???? Easy, since the election takes place in November along with the general election, the UNION does not control the vote - they wont be able to take advantage of low voter turnout! Find me two candidates!!!


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