Hancock Board Adjusts ACA Plan

The Hancock County Board of Education is making some adjustments to its recently adopted Affordable Care Act resolution following changes in the federal law.

The school board has been crafting a resolution since February, and had a policy approved recently. However, during Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Suzan Smith explained changes already were required.

“We didn’t get very far, and there already have been changes made,” Smith said.

The changes discussed involved regulations for the county’s substitute employees; however, Smith explained while the board needs to officially begin monitoring on May 1, other changes could still arise.

Also Monday, the board agreed to continue with the Demand Response/Energy Efficiency Program offered by KOREnergy.

“We have had this for two or three years,” Smith said.

The program works with participating schools – Allison Elementary, Oak Glen Middle, Oak Glen High, Weir Middle, Weir High and the Rockefeller Career Center – in an effort to save the school district money in energy costs.

The board also approved a request for eight custodians to work up to 10 extra days in the summer to move supplies, furniture and other items from Liberty, Broadview and Weirton Heights elementary schools to the new Weirton Elementary.

“It’s moving furniture,” Smith explained in response to questions from Board member Patsy Brancazio about whether all custodial employees will be considered for the work. “They’re going to know that right away.”