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Page: Biggest Concerns for SBOs
1. As a school business official, what are the THREE biggest concerns you face in your job?
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Response
Count
Communicating the budget process to stake holders
38.1%330
Condition of the district buildings
27.1%235
Dealing with the district’s school board
21.9%190
Ensuring that teachers and staff are “highly qualified”
3.8%33
Financial implications of NCLB
16.1%140
Helping teachers and principals understand how to better allocate resources
26.3%228
Increasing revenue for the district
46.9%407
Making cuts in our budget
43.0%373
Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress
5.3%46
Rising healthcare costs
57.6%499
Other (please specify)
 
9.9%86

Page: District Resources
2. What is your total district enrollment?
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3. Excluding expenses for school construction, debt service, and capital outlay, what were your total expenditures for the most current fiscal year for which you have data? (If you do not have the exact figure, your best estimate is sufficient.)
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Page: Health Insurance Costs
4. How many staff/faculty (current or retired) receive health insurance through the district? (If you do not have the exact figure, your best estimate is sufficient.)
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5. What were your total expenditures on health care and related services (such as vision, prescription drug, dental, etc.) for the most current fiscal year for which you have data? (If you do not have the exact figure, your best estimate is sufficient.)
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6. Do your district expenditures for health care and related services include the cost of health care for retirees?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
43.1%275
No
51.3%327
Other (please specify)
 
5.6%36

Page: District Revenues
7. Consider this statement: The cost of providing health care to district employees is rising faster than my district’s revenues.
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Percent
Response
Count
Strongly agree
65.3%416
Agree
29.4%187
Disagree
4.1%26
Strongly disagree
1.3%8

8. In the last year, did district revenues increase, decrease, or remain the same?
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Percent
Response
Count
Increased
66.0%422
Decreased
14.2%91
Remained the same
19.7%126

Page: Change in Revenues
9. By what percentage did district revenues change?
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Percent
Response
Count
1
10.5%52
2
16.1%80
3
21.2%105
4
14.7%73
5
9.5%47
6
5.4%27
7
4.2%21
8
4.8%24
9
2.4%12
10
6.0%30
11
1.4%7
12
0.4%2
13
0.2%1
14 0.0%0
15
0.8%4
16
0.6%3
17
0.2%1
18
0.4%2
19
0.2%1
20
0.2%1
20+
0.6%3

Page: Premium Costs
10. During the most recent renewal of your district’s health insurance plan, did district health insurance premium costs increase, decrease, or remain the same?
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Percent
Response
Count
Increased
91.3%577
Decreased
3.0%19
Remained the same
5.7%36

Page: Change in Premium Costs
11. By what percentage did health insurance premium costs change?
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Percent
Response
Count
1
0.3%2
2
2.6%15
3
2.7%16
4
2.9%17
5
5.0%29
6
4.5%26
7
3.6%21
8
7.2%42
9
7.7%45
10
15.1%88
11
5.1%30
12
11.8%69
13
5.0%29
14
4.3%25
15
7.0%41
16
2.2%13
17
2.2%13
18
4.3%25
19
0.3%2
20
1.7%10
20+
4.3%25

Page: Union Negotiations
12. To what extent is health insurance an issue in your district’s contract negotiations with its employees?
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Percent
Response
Count
To a great extent
71.2%445
Somewhat
16.6%104
A little
4.2%26
Not at all
8.0%50

13. How frequently are you involved in union negotiations in your district?
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Percent
Response
Count
Always (I am responsible for handling the negotiations)
25.4%159
Very frequently
43.1%270
Occasionally
12.9%81
Rarely
2.7%17
Very Rarely
2.6%16
Never
13.4%84

Page: The Effect on the District
14. During the most recent renewal of your district’s health insurance plan, did you make adjustments to the offered benefits in order to reduce costs (e.g. higher co-pay or deductible, increased employee contribution, etc.)?
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Percent
Response
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Yes
58.9%359
No
41.1%250

15. Consider this statement: The rising cost of health care has negatively affected the ability of my district to provide academic services to students.
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Percent
Response
Count
Strongly agree
24.5%149
Agree
43.4%264
Disagree
28.9%176
Strongly disagree
3.1%19

16. Which, if any, areas of your budget have been reduced to accommodate the rising cost of health care? (please check all that apply)
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Percent
Response
Count
Textbook purchases
21.9%130
Professional development for teachers
31.4%186
Student field trips
23.9%142
Academic after school programs
13.8%82
Athletics
16.7%99
The arts
12.1%72
Teaching positions
38.4%228
School facility maintenance
43.5%258
Tutors
3.5%21
Student transportation
12.5%74
Technology
34.2%203
Food service
2.9%17
Risk management/safety
6.6%39
Paraprofessionals
27.3%162
Other
4.6%27
No areas have been reduced due to health care costs
27.7%164
Other (please specify)
 
10.3%61

Page: Possible Solutions
17. What solutions to controlling the cost of health insurance do you (personally) feel are promising? (please check all that apply)
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Percent
Response
Count
District wellness plans
53.2%321
Health Savings Accounts
40.0%241
Consumer Driven Health Plans
24.2%146
Cost shifting to employees (higher deductibles, co-pay, etc.)
69.7%420
Employee/management insurance committees
26.0%157
Disease management
19.2%116
Educating employees about benefits
51.2%309
Using a cost reduction specialist
9.8%59
Bidding of services
28.9%174
Offer high-deductible health coverage
29.9%180
Offer only state-wide provided health benefits with no local supplements
9.1%55
Join a consortium of school districts to benefit from economies of scale
34.3%207
Offer a set employer contribution toward employee insurance coverage allowing the employee to decide how to apply the amount
29.7%179
Reducing health insurance coverage
13.8%83
Reducing other employee benefits
5.1%31
Moving to a managed care product
10.9%66
Cafeteria plans
29.0%175
Consider moving to a self-insurance plan
18.2%110
Provide employee incentives not to participate in health coverage
21.2%128
Other (please specify)
 
8.6%52

18. What solutions to controlling the cost of health insurance do you feel would be given serious consideration in your district’s contract negotiations with its employees? (please check all that apply)
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Response
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District wellness plans
45.0%262
Health Savings Accounts
34.7%202
Consumer Driven Health Plans
15.3%89
Cost shifting to employees (higher deductibles, co-pay, etc.)
47.6%277
Employee/management insurance committees
22.9%133
Disease management
12.5%73
Educating employees about benefits
43.8%255
Using a cost reduction specialist
8.4%49
Bidding of services
21.1%123
Offer high-deductible health coverage
22.2%129
Offer only state-wide provided health benefits with no local supplements
5.0%29
Join a consortium of school districts to benefit from economies of scale
22.5%131
Offer a set employer contribution toward employee insurance coverage allowing the employee to decide how to apply the amount
13.2%77
Reducing health insurance coverage
12.9%75
Reducing other employee benefits
8.1%47
Moving to a managed care product
5.8%34
Cafeteria plans
24.4%142
Consider moving to a self-insurance plan
10.8%63
Provide employee incentives not to participate in health coverage
18.6%108
Other (please specify)
 
8.1%47

19. Which ASBO International offerings are valuable in helping you continue to help bring health insurance costs under control? (please check all that apply)
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Response
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Create a national dialog on the impact health insurance costs have on school budgets (press releases, grass-roots advocacy using our online Legislative Action Center)
47.4%268
Best practices from ASBO members in School Business Affairs and/or online
68.5%387
Professional development (workshops, audio conferences, webinars) of best practices from MEMBERS
45.5%257
Professional development (workshops, audio conferences, webinars) of possible solutions from VENDORS
27.4%155
A web page dedicated to information concerning health care costs (e.g. glossary of terms, links to provider quality and efficiency surveys, cost reduction trends, etc.)
51.3%290
Data and talking points for use in discussions with district and community leaders about health insurance costs
52.2%295
Other (please specify)
 
3.0%17

Page: Demographics
20. Is your school/district public or private?
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Response
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Public
98.5%597
Private
1.2%7
n/a
0.3%2

21. What state are you from?
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Response
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Alabama
0.2%1
Alaska
1.2%7
Arizona
2.5%15
Arkansas
0.2%1
California
1.3%8
Colorado
2.5%15
Connecticut
2.0%12
Delaware
0.5%3
District of Columbia
0.2%1
Florida
1.2%7
Georgia
0.3%2
Hawaii 0.0%0
Idaho
1.0%6
Illinois
6.4%38
Indiana
2.9%17
Iowa
3.2%19
Kansas
1.3%8
Kentucky
0.5%3
Louisiana
0.3%2
Maine
0.7%4
Maryland
1.5%9
Massachusetts
3.4%20
Michigan
5.7%34
Minnesota
4.4%26
Mississippi
0.2%1
Missouri
2.7%16
Montana
1.3%8
Nebraska
1.7%10
Nevada
0.3%2
New Hampshire
1.0%6
New Jersey
8.4%50
New Mexico
0.2%1
New York
9.6%57
North Carolina
0.3%2
North Dakota
0.2%1
Ohio
3.7%22
Oklahoma
1.2%7
Oregon
2.7%16
Pennsylvania
6.5%39
Rhode Island
0.7%4
South Carolina
0.5%3
South Dakota
0.7%4
Tennessee
0.8%5
Texas
3.0%18
Utah
1.0%6
Vermont
0.3%2
Virginia
2.5%15
Washington
2.2%13
West Virginia 0.0%0
Wisconsin
4.5%27
Wyoming
0.5%3

Page: Results and Additional Comments
22. The results of this survey will be made available on the ASBO International Website (www.asbointl.org) in late July, but if you would like notification and a link to the results when they are available, please enter your email address below:
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23. We welcome any additional comments you have about this survey or more generally about the issue of controlling the cost of health care in school districts. If you are willing to be contacted by ASBO International concerning this issue, please also include your name and a phone or email address at which you can be reached.
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