Published DateTo the editor,
As chairman of your School Board, I write to the voters of the Newfound Area School District SAU#4 to request your support of Article 2 on election day, March 13. Your entire School Board unanimously favors this article which provides for a significant and positive change in the way we fund health benefits to the contract professionals whom we employee. Successful contract negotiations allowed us to arrive at this agreement. While it is only for a one year period, it effects a direction change in the amount of funding taxpayers allocate to this key benefit area.
A vote in favor of Article 2 in the voting booth will allow the district, in exchange for a modest increase in net pay with minimal impact to taxpayers, a significant cost-avoidance opportunity in out years. This is achieved by a change in the health plan profile offered by increasing both the co-payments requirement employees will pay from $5 to $20 as well as increasing their portion of the premium from 10% to 13%.
Long term change comes from long term effort, and this is the first step in that direction. Please vote "YES" on Article 2.
Vincent Paul Migliore