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Hazleton Area switches insurance provider

October 19. 2013 2:36AM
GERI GIBBONS Times Leader Correspondent


The next meeting of the Hazleton Area School Board is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 24.

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HAZLETON — The Hazleton Area School Board picked Dryfoos Insurance Agency as provider of record for nine district policies at Wednesday night’s meeting.

Among the policies Dryfoos will cover are educators legal, commercial property and student accident insurances .

Eastern Insurance Group had been named in April as broker of the policies, but refused to provide prior acts coverage in spite of several attempts by the board to resolve the issue.

“Although Eastern repeatedly assured us of the inclusion of prior acts coverage,” said Director Steve Hahn, “subsequent documentation reflected a retroactive date before which we would be liable.”

The board authorized Solicitor Chris Slusser to recover any costs incurred by the transfer of the insurance to Dryfoos.

In another matter, Security Supervisor James Henry addressed parents’ concerns that metal detectors and identification verification were not being uniformly implemented.

“Every person entering a district building should go through the metal detectors and provide identification, usually in the form of swiping their driver’s license,” said Henry.

He said the district was also considering increasing security during sporting events.

Henry said he would look into parent concerns.

Ron Musto, executive director of the Alternative Learning Center, said the twelve Hazleton students attending the center receive a quality education geared to their own needs.

Musto said the center met Pennsylvania Department of Education standards.

“We are responsible to your district as the sending district,” said Musto. “Students attending the center from this district remain your kids.”

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