CARSONVILLE, Mich. — Teachers in Carsonville-Port Sanilac Schools have agreed to switch to lower-cost insurance carrier Health Plus, allowing the district to reinstate two elementary teachers, according to the Sanilac Broadcasting Co.

The district formerly purchased insurance through the Michigan Educational Special Services Association, an affiliate of the Michigan Education Association.

About $145,000 in savings will be used to recall a first- and a sixth-grade teacher and to restore two high school teaching positions to full-time status, the report said. Additionally, the shift is expected to help the district receive a one-time incentive payment of $60,000 in additional state funding for following state-recommended “best practices.”

Sanilac Broadcasting Co., “CPS Schools reinstate 2 Elementary teachers and 2 full-time High School teaching positions,” June 13, 2011

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Extra K-12 Cash to be Tied to Mandatory Health Care Cost Sharing and Other Reforms,” May 22, 2011