Louisiana School Board Considers Insurance Options

April 13, 2012

The St. Landry Parish School Board has voted to begin receiving quotes for the Louisiana district’s property, casualty and liability insurance coverage.

The Advocate reports board attorney Gerard Caswell recommended Wednesday that school system officials request paying the insurance premiums incrementally rather than in one annual payment during negotiations with prospective companies.

At last month’s meeting, the board implemented short-term and long-term cost reductions plans to help offset a projected $4 million general fund deficit by July. At Wednesday’s meeting, acting Superintendent Joseph Cassimere said the district’s insurance policies expire June 30.

The district has its property, casualty, workman’s compensation and liability coverage with the Dupre, Carriere and Godchaux Insurance Agency from Opelousas.

Caswell said under Louisiana public bid laws, the district is not obligated to obtain bids.

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