School district approves money-saving health insurance plan for employees

The Killeen ISD school board voted at Tuesday's meeting to approve a new health insurance plan with Baylor, Scott & White that offers lower premiums than those paid last year.

The district says the cost is about 9 percent less than what was paid last year and the plan also offers a one month waiver of premiums.

After the school board approved 2 percent pay raises for all employees this summer, some were concerned the raise would be eaten up by health insurance costs.

But the district says with the approval of the new plan, the majority of employees will see net increases in take home pay.

Also Tuesday night Killeen ISD superintendent John Craft submitted the 2018-2019 school year budget, with $391 million in revenue and $387 million worth of expenditures.

A public hearing on the budget will be held at the administration building Aug. 28 at 6 p.m.

The board also addressed the academic accountability ratings coming this week from the Texas Education Agency, saying all 49 KISD schools will receive a rating of "Met Standard" and the district gets a "C" overall.

As for deciding how to fill the board seat vacated by Carlyle Walton through either appointment or a special election, the board will discuss options at the next meeting Aug. 28.