About PACE

The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) and the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) formed PACE in 2006 to serve the unique needs of Oregon’s public school districts, charter schools, community colleges and education service districts.

No one can match the expertise and decades of experience that OSBA and SDAO bring to property-casualty insurance for local public entities.

OSBA formed the first property-casualty insurance pool for education in Oregon in 1985 and has served education entities for more than 20 years. SDAO has provided coverage for local governments since the mid-1980s and now insures more than 850 entities, adding schools in 2003 to fill a coverage gap left when a major insurer pulled out of the state.

By merging programs, OSBA and SDAO formed the largest property and liability risk pool of school entities in the state, with more than 200 education organizations.

Governed by a nine-member board of trustees, PACE offers unequaled price and coverage options to its members. Unlike an insurance company whose profits are distributed to shareholders, PACE's only objective is to provide reasonable rates and comprehensive coverage to participating entities. PACE's size and strength help it negotiate the most competitive deals from reinsurers.

And PACE is convenient, available through local independent insurance agents who help you select the right coverage. Schedules for pricing and member contributions are geared to members' budgeting cycles.

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Valuable links

  • Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) - A non-profit association whose purpose is to support Oregon school, ESD and community college board members in their complex leadership roles. The association does this through a variety of services, from board member training and executive searches to policy services, insurance services, publications and legislative advocacy.
  • Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) gives Oregon special districts a stronger and united voice at the Oregon Legislature and provides advocacy with state administrative agencies and other units of government, training, information resources, and other support programs. SDAO has grown its membership to over 950 special districts, school districts and community colleges and has become an important support organization for their individual efforts.
  • Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP) was organized in late 1998 as a membership organization for public entity risk and benefits pools in North America. AGRiP promotes pooling as a practical extension of local government’s obligation to be a good steward of public funds through information, advocacy and education.
  • Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) is a membership association that provides education and training for public sector risk managers. Includes members more than 2,200 PRIMA member entities and 1,800 local governments.
    • Oregon Chapter Public Risk Management Association (OR-PRIMA) - the only state association dedicated solely to the practice of risk management in the public sector, providing a one-stop local resource.
    • PRIMA Annual Conference - This three-day annual conference is the forum for all levels of risk managers in the public sector as well as professionals in related fields such as human resources, employee benefits, health and safety, legal and regulatory, risk financing, claims management and pooling.
  • Oregon School Safety Officers Association (OSSOA) - A non-profit association providing a way for those engaged in the safety programs of Oregon schools to meet, discuss and study all phases of school safety.

News Announcements

2010-11 Annual report shows another strong performance

Highlights from the 2010-11 annual report.

2015 PACE Regional Trainings just around the corner

PACE is sponsoring a series of regional trainings focusing on current hot topics, legal implications and preventive measures.

April 20-24 is Playground Safety Week

Tips to make children's outdoor play environments safer.

Arson Prevention webinar

Arson Prevention

Cyber attack, data breach

Quick reference sheet now available.

Districts get ready for another school year with preventive PACE training

Popular sessions include training in CPR, first aid and the use of defibrillators, and student and/or playground supervision.

First gathering brings 140-plus to Portland to learn PACE’s ins, outs

Summary of the first PACE Day held in Portland, Oregon.

Free 'Aftermath of Tragedy' resources provided by SafeSchools

In honor of Sandy Hook victims, SafeSchools provides free 'Aftermath of Tragedy' resources to all schools

Free legal advice minimizes members’ costs and reduces risk

PACE’s free legal services minimize your costs and reduce risk with money-saving legal advice before a lawsuit is filed.

Keep your students safe with SafeSchools/SafeColleges Alert

PACE is excited to introduce a new, web-based tip line as part of a partnership with SafeSchools and SafeColleges.

Keeping schools safe: Lessons gleaned from the 2015 “PACE Day: Safe and Secure Schools”

This year’s topics ranged from cyber security to managing crises to eliminating bullying to environmental design.

Local districts, individuals receive PACE Awards

The awards highlight two districts and three individuals who made significant contributions in 2013 to the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education program.

Low pressure boiler training session offered

The extended property service you need for the equipment you rely on.

Most PACE mail unaffected by OSBA address changes

OSBA plans to change its mailing address by July 1, but that will not affect most correspondence for PACE members.

Most PACE mail unaffected by OSBA address changes

OSBA changed its mailing address July 1, but that will not affect most correspondence for PACE members.

New FAQs address drinking-water testing issue in schools

Resources include a guide from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; a sample parent letter; resources for staff, parents and community members; and information about coverage issues and the legal requirements for testing.

New PACE Employment Practices Toolkit debuts

A new toolkit provides resources and a financial incentive to help PACE members mitigate liabilities.

New PACE Transgender handout debuts

A handout to help adminstrators and board members stay up-to-date on their responsibilties to students.

Nominate a deserving program for a PACE Award

In recognition of the individuals and programs who contribute greatly to the success of the PACE program, PACE has established an awards program

OSBA offers guidance on new Healthy and Safe Schools Plans

The State Board of Education adopted new rules this week requiring that public school districts, education service districts (ESDs) and charter schools submit to the state a preliminary safety and health plan by Oct. 1.

PACE Alert: Avoiding Weather Damage to Buildings

Here are a few items to remember when preparing to reopen/occupy your buildings after this cold spell.

PACE article outlines potential risks from court ruling

A state Supreme Court ruling involving city of Portland property may have serious ramifications for public access to school grounds.

PACE Awards Program will reward a safety star with $5,000

 The PACE Awards Program recognizes the member programs and individuals who exemplify exceptional vision, leadership and creativity in school safety activities, such as:

  • Auditing the college campus safety policy
  • Implementing districtwide safety trainings
  • Replacing playground and sports equipment
  • Purchasing a SawStop

PACE Awards give member community colleges and districts the chance to receive recognition for their outstanding work. While most schools have existing safety programs, the PACE Awards highlight programs or individuals that exceed baseline expectations and demonstrate devotion to school safety.

“Keeping students and staff safe is important every day, and what PACE really wants to celebrate with these Safety Awards are the efforts that go above and beyond the everyday,” said Scott Neufeld, director of risk management. “A School Safety Star is someone who identified a potential liability and took steps to overcome that exposure.”

In addition to statewide recognition at PACE Day, one award recipient – The School Safety Star – will also receive $5,000 to invest in a safety program, with the oversight of the PACE Risk Management team.

Complete an individual or member program nomination form, and submit to PACE by Jan. 20, 2017.

More details are available on the PACE website.  



PACE Awards recognize InterMountain ESD as School Safety Star, others

The PACE awards highlight significant contributions made in 2016 to the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education program.

PACE Awards recognize two districts, risk management coordinator

The awards highlight significant contributions made in 2014 to the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education program.

PACE Awards recognize two programs, three people for safety efforts

The awards highlight significant contributions made in 2015 to the PACE program. The outstanding programs recognized were the Tillamook Bay Community College’s Safety Committee and the Baker School District.

PACE Day highlights important school safety issues

The April 27 PACE Day brought together more than 150 education, insurance and legal professionals to learn about student safety and liability issues.

PACE Day provides members with valuable safety resources

This year’s topics ranged from cyber security to managing crises to eliminating bullying to environmental design.

PACE Day: Safe and Secure Schools welcomes record attendance

This year’s topics ranged from cyberbullying to transgender issues to marijuana legalization to conducting effective investigations.

PACE expects lower claims to lead to member savings

A drop in claims this year should translate to a modest single-digit increase in rates for 2014-15. Final calculations have not been made, however.

PACE grant funds available to members to reduce saw injuries

PACE Safety Grant-SawStop application available for download.

PACE is financially strong, data-driven

Summary of the Capital Equity Report by Kevin Wick presented to the PACE Board of Trustees.

PACE is preparing a Boundary Invasion Toolkit

The newly created Boundary Invasion Toolkit is designed to prevent and identify sexual contact between school employees and students.

PACE meets member service expectations

Property and Casualty Coverage for Education members appreciate the services they receive from the insurance pool and its staff, with highest ratings going to crisis management, the new PACE website and trainings and workshops.

PACE Member Benefit: New Boundary Invasion Toolkit Checklist

To aid PACE members in their efforts to implement the toolkit and keep students safe, PACE has added a checklist to the Boundary Invasion Toolkit, to help keep track of their progress.

PACE Membership Survey shows satisfaction levels

The survey found that PACE members appreciate the services they receive from the insurance pool and its staff.

PACE offers new online claims reporting system

This new offering streamlines claims reporting, and ensures that members will receive timely and complete claims processing from PACE.

PACE offers new special education behavior management training

The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) training program is embraced worldwide as a highly effective special education behavior management system for organizations committed to providing high-quality care and services in a respectful and safe environment.

PACE offers risk management regional trainings

Staff responsible for enacting risk management protocols are encouraged to attend these regional trainings to learn more about the responsibilities of a risk management coordinator, liability issues, property issues, mandatory reporting, fraud, crime, employment, bullying and social media exposures.

PACE offers school safety recommendations

PACE encourages members to develop comprehensive school safety plans that address prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

PACE offers ways to help members address new marijuana law

Oregon Ballot Measure 91 legalized recreational marijuana for those 21 and older, allowing adults to possess up to 8 ounces of "dried" marijuana and up to four plants.

PACE Pre-loss welcomes a new staff member to the team

PACE is please to welcome Callen Sterling to our pre-loss legal team. Callen joins us from Linn County, where she held the position of deputy county attorney. She graduated from Willamette University College of Law and has been practicing law in the public sector for the last several years.

Our pre-loss attorneys provide advice you can trust before a situation gets out of control. PACE members have access to full-time attorneys who are experienced in dealing with education and employment related issues such as:

  • Personal injury on school property
  • Employee termination
  • Student or employee harassment, bullying, discrimination or retaliation
  • Inappropriate staff/student relationships
  • Review of indemnification provisions
  • Review student activity forms and waivers

Contact Callen and our other PACE pre-loss attorneys at 1-800-578-6722 or by email at pacepreloss@osba.org.



PACE projects 2 percent premium increase for 2014-15

Lower claims through the first 10 months of the fiscal year are expected to translate to premium savings for members.

PACE provides guidance for members considering using drones

In response to inquiries from members, PACE’s risk management team has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the use of drones.

PACE Safety Awards nominations now open

The PACE Awards Program recognizes the individuals and programs who contribute greatly to the success of the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education program.

PACE Safety Awards nominations now open

The PACE Safety Awards Program recognizes the individuals and programs who contribute greatly to the success of the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education program.

PACE sets goals for next year and beyond

PACE trustees held a brainstorming session at their regular July meeting to plan goals for 2014.

PACE staff offer guidance on drone use

Drone use on school campuses has raised a number of questions about potential legal issues and insurance liability. Staff from the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) insurance pool have developed a new guidance document with frequently asked questions and other resources for members.

The new resource can be found here

Among the issues addressed are federal aviation rules, drone use at sporting events, operation by staff and volunteers, and more.

PACE Trust meeting highlights marketing and members' concerns

The PACE marketing plan was a highlight of the PACE Trust fall quarterly meeting.

PACE Trustee Meeting Recap: Safety Tip Line is New Member Benefit

Review of discussion items at the December 2, 2014, PACE Trustee meeting in Eugene.

PACE trustee meeting recap: Trustees commend PACE staff for UCC crisis assistance

With PACE’s far-reaching contacts and the infrastructure of Oregon School Public Relations Association colleagues available to call on in the time of need, PACE was able to draw in important partners.

PACE trustee meeting recap: Trustees formulate strategic plan

The PACE Board of Trustees spent much of its July 24 meeting discussing the insurance pool’s three- to five-year strategic direction and goals.

PACE trustees adopt language strengthening coverage document

Language changes in PACE property coverage document will take effect for the next policy renewal.

PACE trustees double investment in saw safety grant to $200,000

PACE's goal is to help members prevent serious student injuries through the safety features included in SawStop saws.

PACE trustees fund new grant to reduce saw injuries

The new $100,000 grant program will enable schools to replace their old saws with new equipment to help prevent serious student injuries.

PACE trustees hear about improved outlook

Trustees of the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) Trust heard a number of indicators this week that fiscal 2012-13 is shaping up to be a much better year than the previous one.

During their regular meeting Dec. 2 in Salem, trustees heard separate reports from an outside actuary and auditor. Paired with reports on the trust's finances, underwriting and investments, the outlook for PACE is moving in a good direction.

  "When I look at financial statements I'm more interested in the direction than the position," auditor James Marta told trustees.

Specifically, Marta and Kevin Wick (Price Waterhouse Coopers), who provided the actuarial review, outlined the following:

  • Net unpaid claims are estimated at $21.1 million, with a payment curve extending to 2024. (Some claims incurred this year may not be reported or paid for years to come).
  • The pool's gross loss history has varied from $6 million to $11 million annually since 2007, but has been shielded from higher volatility by paying for reinsurance.
  • About 63 percent of the pool's risk is associated with general liability coverage.
  • To be completely funded, the pool would need $19 million to $23 million in assets, instead of the $10 million to $15 million it has typically had.
  • Total net assets for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, were $12.2 million, a $1.7 million increase over the previous year.
  • Net estimated incurred claims for 2012-13 were $9.7 million – about $1 million less than the year before.      

Mike Doherty, chief financial officer of the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO), told trustees that property claims for the current fiscal year have been lower than expected.

"We are heading back in the right direction," he said.

He said staff had solicited insurance quotes for increased coverage for cyber liability, but that premium costs exceeded the potential for benefits.

Staff said PACE essentially provides full coverage now for cyber liability.

Lisa Freiley, OSBA’s director of legal, labor and PACE services, said planning is proceeding for PACE Day on April 25 in Eugene.



PACE Trustees promote school safety training, member credit benefit

The Property and Casualty Coverage for Education Trustees gave the green light for a business plan that emphasizes school safety training and learned how members are accessing the 5 percent credit benefit for boundary invasion training.

PACE Trustees recommend reappointment of members, hear Evaluation Committee report

At its March 2, 2015, meeting, the PACE Board of Trustees recommended the reappointment of three members and heard a subcommittee report that concludes PACE staff are accomplishing goals.

PACE Trustees work to hold down premiums

An increase in liability claims and significantly higher costs for reinsurance have raised premium cost estimates for the coming year.

PACE welcomes 150 attendees to annual safety event in Eugene

Of all that was said and shown at the “PACE Day: Safe and Secure Schools” event April 25 in Eugene, perhaps the most sobering was a brief video.

PACE’s new boundary invasion toolkit promotes student safety

Property and Casualty Coverage for Education is continuing to distribute and provide guidance on the Boundary Invasion Toolkit, a new packet of materials designed to identify and prevent sexual contact and misconduct between Oregon school employees and students.

Preventive steps in winter will help keep insurance rates down

Suggestions from PACE to prevent water-related losses from frozen pipes.

Recreational immunity bill for public lands passes legislature

The Legislature approved a bill Wednesday that gives public employees and volunteers immunity from civil liability when individuals use public land for free recreation.

Reduction in force webinar

Webinar covers Oregon rules and regulations for reduction in force and how to prepare for reducing staff.

Register-Guard article tackles issue of arming school personnel

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, PACE changed its insurance requirements "to make schools as safe as possible."

Registration opens for Certified Playground Safety Inspector class

The CPSI course provides participants with the training needed to recognize and prevent potential playground hazards.

Results of the 2014 PACE Membership Survey

The survey targeted all 267 PACE member entities from around the state of Oregon, with the purpose of assessing those individual member entities’ perceptions of the services they receive through PACE.

RFP for Liability, Property and Workers Comp Claims Audit

SDIS and PACE are seeking proposals for 2015 Liability, Property and Workers Compenstation Claims Audit

SafeOregon tip line is growing, but organizers want to reach more students

SafeOregon, a free tip line to prevent school tragedies, is trying to enroll all Oregon public K-12 schools.

Safety is prominent theme of this year’s PACE Day

Overview of the 2013 PACE Day in April.

Safety Summit in Hillsboro focuses on school violence

About 200 school officials attended the summit, put on by the Hillsboro School District, to learn about preventing and responding to school violence.

Trustee meeting recap: PACE finishes fiscal year strong

The major contributing factors during the 2013-14 fiscal year were the low property claims numbers and the improvement in the liability claims trends.

Trustees approve “Learn and Save Program” incentive

At its May 4, 2015, meeting, the PACE Board of Trustees approved a new “Learn and Save” member benefit program, through which PACE members could potentially receive up to two-percent back on their General Liability premiums.

Trustees approve five-percent discount on premiums

Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) trustees unanimously approved a five-percent discount on 2015-2016 General Liability premiums for districts who implement the PACE boundary invasion toolkit by March 2015.

WINTER storm impacts - IDA Process

Initial Damage Assessment (IDA)

In order to assess the magnitude and impact of the winter storm event (snow, ice, flooding, etc.), the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is asking those counties that have impacts to conduct an Initial Damage Assessment (IDA) for public infrastructure.  However, if you have impact beyond public infrastructure please report it.

For example, damage to homes and businesses or negative economic impacts. If your jurisdiction had no significant impacts, let us know by responding to this email with “no impacts” in the subject line.

Infrastructure (Public Assistance) Initial Damage Assessment Field Data Collection Form

 

Who completes this form?

  • County Departments
  • Cities
  • Certain Private Non-profit Organizations
  • Special Districts

Forms for Public infrastructure IDA can be found on the following link:  http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/Pages/fin_rec/IDA.aspx

OR

Forms are available on the PACE website.  

Complete forms, and submit to Julie Slevin with at cc to Clint Fella by Feb. 01, 2017.