Renee Foose

Howard school budget proposal aims to end health fund deficits

Howard school budget proposal aims to end health fund deficits

A prolonged deficit in the county school system’s health-care fund budget is projected to balloon to $50 million by the summer.

The shortfall, which last year was $22 million, has resulted from an imbalance in the school system’s health-care fund, depleted since 2011 as money was pulled to pay for other uses, said Rafiu Ighile, the school system’s chief financial and technology officer.

The county’s new school superintendent is proposing a four-year plan to reduce the fund’s red ink, which could include increasing health insurance rates for employees.

Under its self-insured system, Howard County Schools pays for 85 percent of each employees’ health care claims,...

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