Janesville School Board supports benefits committee

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Nick Crow
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

JANESVILLE—The Janesville School Board supported the formation of an Employee Benefits Committee during its regular meeting Tuesday.

“I brought this up a couple weeks ago as far as exploring the possibility,” said Greg Ardrey, school board president. “I thought it would be a good idea to discuss.”

The committee will recommend policy to the school board about employee benefits ranging from health care to Act 10 changes.

Ardrey said the committee was originally intended to explore only health care issues but wanted to expand it.

“I thought it would be a good idea to have a more focused view,” Ardrey said. “Benefits for employees, health care and who benefits. We wanted to look at what does it all mean and where do we want to go?”

Under Act 10, public employees are required to contribute toward their pensions and can be required to pay more for their insurance premiums. The committee would specialize in issues such as these, Ardrey said.

He expects the group to meet not less than once per month and he expects it to function similar to other standing committees.

Ardrey recommended board member David DiStefano chair the committee.

“Obviously I'm very much in favor of it (the committee),” said board member Karl Dommershausen.

Ardrey said he hopes to solicit input from all employees on any policy changes that will affect the district. He added, however, that the group is more than an advisory committee.

The committee will consist of four board members. Superintendent Karen Schulte and Stephen Sperry, the director of administrative and human resources, would serve as advisory members, according to a memo from Ardrey about the committee's formation.

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