Lawton administrators change insurance, share in savings

LAWTON, Mich. - Administrators in the Lawton Community Schools will share in the savings after agreeing to switch to a less expensive insurance, according to the Paw-Paw Courier-Leader.

The administrators agreed to switch from MESSA SuperCare I to Choices II, saving the district about $18,000. Half of that will be returned to the administrators, either in cash or an annuity, the Courier-Leader reported.

The Michigan Education Special Services Association is a third-party administrator affiliated with the Michigan Education Association school employees union.

MESSA outsources insurance underwriting to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and then resells the insurance to school districts.

Lawton administrators also will receive a 2 percent raise, according to the Courier-Leader.

Lawton Courier Leader, "Lawton schools add full-day kindergarten," June 23, 2008

Michigan Education Digest, "MESSA targets Lawton schools for attaining claims data," April 29, 2008