OUSD Board cuts its own benefits

Editor's note: This article was edited June 8, 2018 at 7:24 a.m. to reflect a corrected vote total.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
While the Ojai City Council voted May 22 to increase council members' compensation for the first time in more than a decade, the School Board of the Ojai Unified School District (OUSD) voted to do away with some of the benefits it offers board members June 5.
The Board voted 3-2 to reduce medical benefits offered to board members by eliminating coverage for immediate family members under an OUSD plan.
The Board will further limit the District's contribution to health coverage for its members by tying OUSD's contribution to the lowest-cost plan the District offers its employees.
Future board members who don't have access to health insurance through their employers would have the option of adding coverage for their family members though the District health plans at their own cost.
Board Member Kevin Ruf said he's been interested in eliminating benefits for School Board members since he joined the Board in 2014, given the District's tight budget.

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