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Teachers save Ti district money

To the Times of Ti:

This letter is in response to Mr. (Tom) Allen’s letter to the editor concerning health insurance costs. Unfortunately, Mr. Allen is trying to sway voters with misinformation. Mr. Allen refers to a Post-Star article that discusses rising insurance costs in Glens Falls area schools.

We are fortunate that we do not belong to this health care consortium. In our insurance consortium, consisting of schools in our local BOCES district, there will be a 0 percent increase in health insurance premiums. This is partnered with this current budget year that also has a 0 percent increase in premiums.

The reason for this is in 2009 the Ticonderoga Teachers Association agreed to go to a Plan B health insurance option. Since 2009, the Ticonderoga Central School District has realized a savings of over $460,000 in health insurance premiums. Partner that with three years of concessions that total approximately $900,000. These figures tell me that the teachers association has shown a vested interest in the school district and community.

Mr. Allen goes on to attack the board of education as being pro-teacher. Mr. Allen, I attend most school board meetings. I can tell you that the current board, as well as board members who have preceded them—Dr. William Brennan, Dick Frazier, Jay Fortino, Nan Reale and Gary Davis just to name a few — are not pro-teacher, they are pro-children and pro-education.

Rick Smith

President

Ticonderoga Teachers Association

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