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Hillsborough school board eyes health care costs

TAMPA -- Ballooning health care costs may push the Hillsborough County school district's budget around $12 million into the red, part of a projected $20 million shortfall, board members learned last month.

On Tuesday, they'll find out why at a 10:15 a.m. workshop devoted to health care costs. The board will learn that medical claims are growing at 10 to 12 percent per employee each year, according to district documents. Some 348 employees are by themselves responsible for around $41 million in costs, due to claims in excess of $50,000.

Board members will brainstorm solutions to contain those expenses. Beforehand, at a special meeting at 10 a.m., they will also vote on a slate of contracts and other business that can't wait until the board's June 15 regular meeting. Both sessions will take place in the second floor conference room in the district offices at 901 East Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa.

-- Tom Marshall, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 10:07am]

    

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