June 18th Insurance Newsletter

June 2008:30 AM

Property Insurance Sky Rockets for Non-Coastal Schools We are just now seeing some September 1 renewals and they are devastating. Last month we stated that the insurance market for schools currently is upside down because of worldwide losses and particularly hurricane, tornado, hail and flood losses across the entire state of Texas. These losses have triggered insurance companies and risk pools to institute severe underwriting restrictions, causing several districts to bid their insurance this year. view article arw

While the school district’s students are enjoying their summer break, employees with Alto Independent School District will be busy preparing newly-delivered portable buildings to serve as high school classrooms before the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The portable buildings are necessary in the wake of the tornado that damaged Alto’s high school campus on April 13. view article arw

It will be a few days before life is back to normal in North Texas after Sunday’s destructive storm. About 187,000 customers were still without electricity Monday evening and some could be left in the dark for a few more days.  Commutes on Tuesday may be longer than usual because hundreds of traffic signals were still out across Dallas.  That’s because the vast majority of the city’s traffic signals are woefully old and don’t have battery backups.  As of late Monday afternoon, 410 traffic signals were not working, making them the highest priority for repairs. Another 84 were flashing red and needed to be reset. Six were knocked down, according to the city. Dallas workers were getting an assist from Arlington employees on Monday and personnel from Garland planned to lend a hand Tuesday. view article arw

 A longtime Ballinger ISD employee is accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from the school district. Janna Beth Halfmann, 63, was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft and six counts of credit or debit card abuse. She was released from the Runnels County Jail after posting a $17,500 bond. Superintendent Jeff Butts suspended Halfmann on Sept. 11. She was fired Sept. 27. view article arw

The police officer who stole $16,000 from the La Joya ISD Campus Crime Stoppers program will not spend a single day in prison. A judge sentenced former La Joya school district police Officer Carlos Javier Garcia, 58, of Brownsville to four years probation during a brief hearing Monday morning. view article arw

The driver of a school bus that was struck by a train, killing a 13-year-old boy, has been indicted on injury to a child and manslaughter charges. John Franklin Stevens was at the wheel of the Athens Independent School District bus struck by a Union Pacific freight train at an Athens crossing on Jan. 25.  view article arw

The insurance market for schools currently is upside down because of worldwide losses and particularly hurricane, hail and flood losses across the entire state of Texas. These losses have triggered insurance companies and risk pools to institute severe underwriting restrictions, ….Read “School Insurance Newsletter” - Robert V. Reim Company, Insurance Consulting and Bid Management view article arw

Little Elm ISD will be installing a new weather warning system at Lobo Stadium, Little Elm High School and two new middle schools this year. Approved by the school board, the Perry Weather group will be replacing the current WeatherBug app the district uses. After consulting with town officials and those in the athletic department, the school district decided to go in an alternative direction. In the past, the town has struggled with weather warnings. At a band competition last year, there was no warning of 40 mph wind and rain gusts. In that particular situation, as was brought up my Trustee Dan Blackwood, there was no lightning and the students and staff were blindsided. view article arw

Grapevine police appealed for help Monday to identify at least four suspects who caused about $1,200 in graffiti damage to Grapevine High School. The vandals hit the school, 3223 Mustang Drive in Grapevine, late Saturday and early Sunday. On Monday, authorities released a video from surveillance cameras at the school in hope that someone would recognize the suspects and contact police. view article arw

About 146,000 fewer children in Texas were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program between the end of 2017 and the end of 2018, according to a study released Thursday by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. view article arw

Two unused portable classrooms will soon find new homes at Alto ISD, thanks to a generous decision by the Rusk school board, which recently voted to sell the buildings to the neighboring district for a dollar each. “We own two portable classrooms that are not being utilized, and Alto ISD is in desperate need of classroom space for their high school students, due to the (April 13) tornado that destroyed their high school building,” said Rusk ISD Superintendent Gray Burton. “The board adopted a resolution to sell both portables for $1 each, while Alto ISD will pay for the transporting and setup of the buildings.” view article arw

Cy-Fair ISD is losing employees over the affordability of health care plans as insurance premiums continue to increase, Superintendent Mark Henry said. District officials said they are hoping the state will remedy the issue during the upcoming legislative session in 2019. In October, when the CFISD board of trustees unanimously adopted its priorities for the 86th Texas Legislature, which will begin Jan. 8, one of the priorities involved lobbying for the state to provide more funding for TRS-ActiveCare. The statewide health insurance plan provides coverage for about 486,000 individuals, including 8,573 people at CFISD, according to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. view article arw

With another round of potentially devastating storms forecast to hit San Angelo today, San Angelo ISD assures they're prepared to take whatever action needed. In a Facebook post on Monday, San Angelo ISD said they're "monitoring the weather closely, so we can make decisions that keep staff and students safe." view article arw

The Memphis Independent School District has announced that students will be released at 12:45 p.m. and Monday night's scheduled Sports Banquet has been postponed due to the severe weather threat. view article arw

 Four tornadoes struck parts of West Texas, specifically the cities of Abilene, Ballinger and San Angelo, on Saturday in severe weather that damaged homes and businesses, forecasters say. The National Weather Service on Sunday reported two tornadoes hit parts of San Angelo a day earlier. Another twister was reported Saturday in Ballinger. A fourth tornado struck Abilene. view article arw

Classes and after-school activities are cancelled at Outley Elementary Thursday and Friday after a fire broke out at the school.  view article arw

A fire is forcing an Alief ISD elementary school to cancel all classes and after school activities for the rest of the week. The fire at Outley Elementary happened Wednesday evening. view article arw

Photos have been released to 12News of the vandalism of some classrooms at a Beaumont elementary school. The damage was discovered inside Pietzsch-MacArthur Elementary School Monday, May 6, Beaumont ISD spokesperson Hannah LeTulle told 12News. view article arw

A small fire that erupted Wednesday night at an Alief ISD elementary school has prompted its closure until Monday at the earliest, district officials said. The fire broke out at Outley Elementary School at 12355 Richmond Ave around 6 p.m., according to fire officials. view article arw

Mexican authorities have arrested the owner of an elementary school that was destroyed in 2017 in a 7.1.earthquake, killing 19 children and seven adults.  Authorities say the fatalities likely could have been avoided if illegal construction work had not been performed at the school in 2010, reported multiple news outlets. Police said that the owner of the school building illegally had an apartment built over the part of the structure that experienced the most damage in the earthquake. view article arw

Good article - js HOUSTON — If there were ever a story to tell during Teacher Appreciation Week, this would be it.  We know teachers go above and beyond, when storms roll through in the Houston area, sometimes "going above and beyond" means camping out with your students.  "We never want to be too quick to make decisions, because we know it affects our families," said Southside Primary principal Janie Snyder. view article arw

Hamshire-Fannett ISD schools will be closed Monday, May 13, 2019 due to power outage. The district will post an update around noon on May 13, 2019. STAAR testing will resume this week.  Port Arthur ISD:  Power has been restored to all buildings and PAISD will reopen tomorrow with no delays. view article arw

Several schools in the Katy area have closed campuses for May 10 due to weather conditions. view article arw

After at least one parent complained on Facebook, Longview ISD officials confirmed students attended classes at three campuses without electricity Thursday, and officials announced late Thursday that classes on those campuses would be canceled today. A storm Wednesday afternoon across East Texas left thousands of homes, businesses and other buildings — including J.L. Everhart Elementary, Bramlette STEAM Academy and Forest Park Middle School in Longview ISD — without power. view article arw

Recent severe storms in Central Texas has some school districts on edge. The power went out at four schools in Killeen as dangerous weather moved in on Wednesday. Killeen Independent School Distritct Spokesperson Terry Abbott says the lights came back on quickly. view article arw

Hundreds of students were stuck at schools in three counties after rising water kept them from getting home safely on Tuesday. At Southside Elementary School in Cleveland, about 800 students who couldn't get home at one point were fed snacks as school officials worked to reunite the children with their parents.  view article arw

-- From Hardin ISD - We have had a large amount of rainfall the previous 2 days and a severe weather system is moving into our area at this time.   Additionally, water being released from the Livingston Dam has added to our runoff and caused several roads in our District to flood.  Jeff Linder with Region 4 is predicting several inches of rain throughout the night to compliment this situation.  As a safety precaution for our students, staff and community, Hardin ISD will close all campuses Friday, May 10th as a result of these factors. view article arw

Isolated street flooding in Fort Bend County is preventing a handful of Fort Bend ISD campuses from opening Wednesday, May 8. First Colony Middle School, Settlers Way Elementary School, Colony Bend Elementary School, Austin Parkway Elementary School and the FBISD Administrative Annex are closed for the day. view article arw

Alvin ISD teachers and staff might have to pay more for health insurance in the 2019-20 academic year, but they are prepared to weather an increase to maintain the district’s popular self-funded program, school officials said. “It’s been a tremendous benefit for our staff,” Assistant Superintendent Daniel Combs said during a May 6 budget workshop. view article arw

WINNSBORO, Texas (KETK) - Winnsboro ISD has canceled classes at all campuses Thursday due to storm damage and flooding.  The district said on its Facebook page that several county roads are underwater and travel for buses is not safe.  Updates will be posted on the district's Facebook page.  WISD will be closed tomorrow! Several county roads are still underwater and travel for our buses is not safe. So in the interest of safety for all, we will not have classes tomorrow. view article arw

They spent the night at school - js - CLEVELAND, Texas — All Wednesday classes are canceled in Cleveland ISD due to flooding in the Houston area from storms the night before.  One of the schools most impacted by the flooding was the district's Southside Elementary. view article arw

UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KETK) - Big Sandy ISD in Upshur County will delay the start of school Thursday until 10:30 a.m, according to Superintendent Jay Ratcliff. Ratcliff said the delay start was due to water on roads and power outages in the area.  view article arw

Multiple school districts have announced closures or delays after much of the Houston area was hit with heavy downpours Tuesday.  Here are the districts that will not be holding or will be delaying classes Wednesday: view article arw

Children in a Kingwood daycare were moved upstairs as a precaution after some water seeped in Tuesday afternoon. "It never got above their toes," the director of Kids in Action Daycare told us. She said rumors that the water was waist-deep aren't true, and the children are safe. view article arw

Due to flooding on several streets in the Lake Houston area, Humble ISD has canceled all after-school activities. However, Kingwood Park High School is keeping their students on campus because Woodland Hills Drive and Northpark Drive were not passable as of 3:40 p.m. Other campuses are now experiencing delayed buses. view article arw