Insurance woes mount for NAdams

    Not only are insurance costs rising, but in some cases coverage is becoming difficult for North Adams Community Schools to obtain at all.
    That was the message delivered to the North Adams school board on Tuesday by Business Manager Larry Carty, who reported that recent workers' compensation claims have risen "to the point where no one wants to insure us any more."
    With the July renewal of all insurance coverage for the school district approaching, Carty said he received quotes from six insurance companies for the various liability and umbrella policies needed by the district.
    From among those proposals, Carty recommended the board accept quotes from WRM Insurance Co. for liability coverage, and from the Indiana Public Employers' Plan (IPEP) for workers' compensation coverage.
    The total cost of the insurance packages, he said, is $142,808. That figure is up substantially from last year's $115,000 cost.
    The school board voted 4-0 to approve Carty's recommendation for insurance coverage.
    In limited other business during Tuesday's meeting, the board approved several personnel moves, including:
    • The assignments of Tory Fuelling as high school guidance counselor and Scott Rayburn as high school English teacher for the upcoming school year.
    • The retirements of custodian Roger Gerber and bus drivers Gerry Simons and Roger Fuelling.
    • The resignations of Lisa Imel and Wesley Kunth as elementary school teachers were approved.
    • The termination of Deana Blakey from the position of bus driver.
    • Presented with North Star awards for student excellence were:
    • Brooklyn Lugar, for her artwork which placed second in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife federal duck stamp competition, and for another piece of art which was honored at the recent FAME Festival.
    • The Bellmont Middle School science team, which finished first at regionals and second in the state in the Academic Super Bowl. Team members are Mae Baczynski, Joe Hawkins, Chance Gephart and Jenna Fenwick.
    • The BMS interdisciplinary team, which was second at regionals and third at state in the Academic Super Bowl. Team members are Zachary Houser, Sierra Mendoza, Riley Stetler, Lucas Thatcher and Mae Baczynski.
    • The BMS social studies team, which finished second in the regional Academic Super Bowl. Team members are Riley Stetler, Alyssa Miller, Seth Wallace and Emily Smitley.
    • The BMS English team, which finished third in the Academic Super Bowl. Team members are Sierra Mendoza, Rebecca Gunter, Sarah Lake and Elizabeth Helmrich.
    High school art students recognized for having their work selected to hang in the school district's administration building included Analee Alford, Tarily Jackson, Dhara Patel, Sarah Budde and Mindy Loshe.