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Neshannock board insures district against terrorism



Published: Sun, February 16, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



The insurance doesn't cover nuclear or biological attacks.

By LAURA MILOSER

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- The Neshannock school board has purchased terrorism risk insurance.

The Pennsylvania School Board Association Insurance Services is offering the insurance to the school district for $1,845.

The board approved buying the coverage by a 6-2 vote. Board members Walter Kustra and Gina Hennon cast the no votes. President Frank Rondinelli was absent.

Board Solicitor Jonathan Solomon said that the insurance would take effect only if the government officially declares an act of terrorism. Atty. Solomon also noted that terrorist acts involving radioactive, nuclear, pathogenic or biological materials are excluded from the coverage.

Kustra said, "The coverage has too many exclusions and I don't find it beneficial to the district." Hennon agreed and said she would rather see the district put the money in another area that would benefit the students.

Karen Houk voted in favor of the coverage and said the cost of the insurance averages only a little over one dollar per student.

Kustra, who also serves on the Lawrence County Vo-Tech board, said that board unanimously agreed to refuse the additional insurance.




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