The cost of insurance for Barton Community College athletes is going up next year, but it is still lower than it has been in the past, Dean of Business Management Mark Dean told college trustees.
The board reviewed insurance quotes and other matters Thursday at the July study session, and will take action on items at the July 19 business meeting.
Dean said he looked at self-insurance but recommended going with the low quote of $79,982 (a $17,000 increase) which comes from the Guaranteed Trust through 1st Agency, the same company used last year.
“In addition, 1st Agency, Dissinger Reed, Monarch, and Summit America provided quotes for catastrophic coverage in the amount of $4,486 (provided by Mutual of Omaha),” Dean’s report showed. That will bring the total to $84,468. “The above quotes include expanded Medical and HMO/PPO. We are currently insured through 1st Agency Insurance. Their coverage is with Guaranteed Trust and Mutual of Omaha. Their quote for the 2011-2012 year was $62,821 for general athletic and $4,486 for the catastrophic coverage for a total of $67,307. The athletic insurance becomes effective on August 1st of each year.”
“We’re still quite a bit less than we were two years ago,” Dean said, noting the increase comes because of claims made.
About half of the students come to BCC insured. “Some colleges require athletes to have insurance,” Dean said, but noted it helps with recruitment to be able to offer it.
Another action item for the next meeting will be the board’s meeting schedule. Most months, the trustees hold a study session on the first Thursday and a business meeting on the third Thursday, but several dates need to be changed in coming months due to scheduling conflicts. Meetings will continue to be held at 4 p.m. in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.
The Aug. 2 study session will take place as usual, but it will include the college’s budget hearing, and the time may be moved to 4:15 p.m. Prior to the meeting, trustees will attend a ribbon cutting and reception at the Student Union, to celebrate renovations done in that building.
The Aug. 16 meeting has been moved to Aug. 23; September meetings have been moved to the 13th and 27th; October meetings have been moved to the 11th and 25th, with a board retreat at Camp Aldrich before mid-month. Meeting dates will be adjusted every month through June 2013.
Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman also reported Thursday that the Wounded Warrior Golf Scramble that the college sponsors for Fort Riley resulted in a $2,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.
In his monthly report on miscellaneous agreements, Heilman noted he has signed nursing clinical affiliation agreements with Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned and Rush County Nursing Home, La Crosse; and Emergency Medical Service agreements with the Great Bend Fire Department, Rice County EMS, Hoisington EMS, Ellinwood EMS, Clara Barton Hospital, Geary Community Hospital and Great Bend Regional Hospital.