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Ed Board’s Review Committee Tackles Shortfall

By James Lomuscio

With a lot of numbers crunching, the Westport Board of Education’s Health Insurance Fund Review Committee today held its first meeting at Town Hall to dig deeper into the cause of the $2 million shortfall in the school system’s $104 million budget for 2013-14.

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The Board of Education’s Health Insurance Fund Review Committee met for more than two hours today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Present at the meeting were school board members Brett Aronow, who chairs the subcommittee, Paul Block and Karen Kleine, as well as Elio Longo, business administrator for the school system. Aronow noted that the fifth member, a citizen representative, has yet to be chosen.

During the hour-and-a-half meeting, Longo pored over health insurance revenues, expenses and variances, all them pointing to exorbitant and unanticipated insurance claims for 2013, about $1.3 million,

“There have been unanticipated expenses, and unfortunately we now find ourselves in a situation where the expenses and costs exceed the budget,” said Aronow. “Our purpose is to review the healthcare fund and to improve operational management.

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