School district changes insurance companies

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By Jesef Williams

The Lancaster County School District is switching companies that provide insurance-related services to district employees.

The school board voted unanimously Aug. 18 to uphold its decision to contract with Colonial Life Insurance to administer the school district’s benefits enrollment program.

District employees receive their insurance through the state, but a third party handles enrollment and provides counseling about related services.

KeenanSuggs served as the third party for the last six years.

But its contract with the district was about to expire and the district sought new bids for the services.

Two companies vied for the bid, KeenanSuggs and Colonial Life. The district opted to go with the latter.

KeenanSuggs protested the decision, and the district denied the protest. The insurance company then filed an appeal, asking the district to rethink it’s choice.

The board upheld its decision to go with Colonial Life with its vote last week.

“There aren’t any hard feelings,” said Mary Sherman, the district’s procurement director. “It was a very close decision. Both are very good companies.”

In other business, the school board:

u Unanimously approved the implementation of Project Lead the Way’s (PLTW) Biomedical Technology Program at Indian Land High School.

Project Lead The Way exposes engineering to interested high school students, with the belief that the experience will allow them to better handle college-level engineering coursework.

The biomedical technology program was announced for ILHS last year and is starting this school year.

“Hopefully, it’ll go well and we’ll have an opportunity to expand there,” Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152