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Health care costs, iPads, at center of Eau Claire School Board meeting

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Health care costs are once again front and center at a local meeting.

Last month, a presentation was made to the Eau Claire City Council on health care costs.  A report by the joint commission on shared services states, combined, the city, county and school district spend $46 million on health insurance.  Monday night, the school board was brought up to date on the report, and what can be done to possibly save money by combining purchasing power. The school board says this report is important, especially considering the board just voted to switch health care providers to save money.  The board wants to make sure the report leads to action.

"I think the community's open, the entities are open to it, and so who's going to be sort of the keeper of the torch to make sure that this doesn't just sit on a shelf and that you'll continue to kind of force these entities to consider this," Wendy Sue Johnson asked Monday night. The city of Eau Claire's Human Resources Director says it would be the Shared Service Commission's job to keep everything on track, along with employees of all three entities.

The goal is to hire a consultant to look at what the three government entities, the city, county and school district, can do to lower health insurance costs. They hope to gather more data this summer.

Also at Monday night's school board meeting, the district discussed their plan to spend more than a million dollars on iPads. The plan is to purchase over 2-thousand of the tablets for staff, third and fourth grade elementary students, and sixth graders at DeLong Middle School. The plan is to purchase the iPads at the start of next year.

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