PACE Trustees promote school safety training, member credit benefit

The Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) 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.

In their September meeting, the trustees began the approval process for the 2015-18 PACE business plan. Trustees emphasized their commitment to ensuring the insurance pool’s stability, accessible service and exceptional coverage for its members. The business plan will be finalized by Nov. 13.

In other meeting news, OSBA Director of Finance and Operations Michael Robison discussed PACE’s investment portfolio and explained how the equity markets have remained volatile because interest rates have not increased. Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) Chief Financial Officer Mike Doherty reviewed the unaudited year-end financial update.

SDAO Director of Risk Management Scott Neufeld provided an update on the 5 percent credit benefit to PACE members who meet the boundary invasion criteria by May 2016. Eighty of PACE’s 300 members still have an opportunity to benefit from the 5 percent credit toward their general liability (GL) insurance. For more information, contact Scott Neufeld at or 800-285-5461 or 503-371-8667.

OSBA Director of Communications Tricia Yates highlighted the collaboration among PACE staff to provide a crisis management response for Umpqua Community College and communication support to David Douglas School District. OSBA Marketing-Communication and Social Media Consultant Rachel Fleenor discussed the 2015 PACE Membership Survey, which was sent to the designated contact for each PACE member entity by email on Oct. 6. The deadline to complete the survey is Oct. 30.

OSBA Director of Litigation Kate Wilkinson introduced new OSBA Pre-loss Attorney Lucy Schwallie and discussed her public sector and labor employment work as a risk manager in Walla Walla, WA.

OSBA Board Development Director Steve Kelley discussed the trainings recently provided to PACE members. New this year is the introduction of technology to broaden accessibility of trainings to district staff.