School health care will cost lot more

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By Steve Waters

In a speedy, 17-minute meeting this past Tuesday, The School Board of Levy County’s semi-monthly officially approved an 11.85-percent increase in the health plan rates for district employees.
The approval came with little discussion, as it was debated at a previous meeting in October. The increase is expected to cost the school district about $300,000. Superintendent Bob Hastings, in his closing remarks, said that the health plan increase and $335,000 in bonuses approved at their previous meeting are necessary costs to the district in a tough economic climate.
“In the days of shrinking revenues, in a tight time, I think you’re stepping up to the plate and committing (this money) is something we need to say thank you for,”  Hastings told the board.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Bobby Cahill, representing the state’s Department of Agriculture, briefly spoke to the board presenting them with a check for $57,708.587, which is awarded to the district each year from revenue collected from state forests.