GCSSD JIF Celebrates 25 Years at the 2023 State of the JIF Dinner

Each year, the Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem School Districts Joint Insurance Fund (GCSSD JIF) celebrates member school district successes at their Annual State of the Joint Insurance Fund Dinner. The dinner meeting is organized to reward and recognize the extraordinary efforts of member districts for their commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for students, staff and community by actively participating in risk management programs. Rewards were earned by Members who reduced the number of accidents by focusing on local safety efforts. Utilizing GCSSD JIF safety services, districts build and maintain responsive internal accident reporting systems.  Member Districts were acknowledged for their hard work with recognition plaques and monetary awards. In all, twenty-three (23) member school districts were recognized and received awards totaling $94,500. Heather Mayhew, Business Administrator from Pennsville Public School District received the Safety Star of the Year Award.   Heather is a leader within her school district and the GCSSD Joint Insurance Fund. She is a champion of risk management and safety, helping to guide and implement critical programs and policies to minimize losses in the district. Delsea Regional High School, Pennsville Public School District and Fairfield Township School District were each recognized as Safety District of the Year for their ongoing contribution to safety efforts, earning an additional $2,500 reward.       Click Here to View the GCSSD 2023 SOJ Dinner Presentation...

BCIP JIF Celebrates at the 2023 State of the JIF Dinner

Each year, the Burlington County Insurance Pool Joint Insurance Fund (BCIP JIF) celebrates member school district successes at their Annual State of the Joint Insurance Fund Dinner. The dinner meeting is organized to reward and recognize the extraordinary efforts of member districts for their commitment to provide a safe and healthy environment for students, staff and community by actively participating in risk management programs. This year, 42 member school districts were recognized and received awards totaling $169,500. Amy Klouchek, Main Office Secretary from Shamong Township School District won the Safety Hero of the Year Award. Klouchek remained calm and professional while recording a violent caller who threatened physical harm to the school principal. Her quick thinking to record this aggressive individual led to his conviction and allowed the school to implement security protocols to keep district staff and students safe. Officer Kelley Horne, School Resource Officer from Eastampton Township BOE won the Safety Star of the Year Award.  Officer Horne’s dedication extends beyond patrolling the school grounds and maintaining a police presence. She actively contributes to two district safety teams, which were established to ensure the safety of the school children and provide them with the best possible education. She is available 24/7 and epitomizes character and consistency. She is the model from which all SRO’s should be evaluated. Mount Ephraim BOE, Springfield Township BOE,  Eastern Camden County Regional SD, Ewing Public Schools, and Lindenwold BOE were recognized as Safety Districts of the Year for their ongoing contribution to safety efforts, each earning an additional $2,500 reward. Springfield Superintendent Craig Vaughn with Mt Ephraim School Business Administrator Chris Eberly...

ACCASBO JIF Celebrates at the 2023 State of the JIF Dinner

Each year, the Atlantic & Cape May Counties Association of School Business Officials Joint Insurance Fund (ACCASBO JIF) celebrates member school district successes at their Annual State of the Joint Insurance Fund Dinner. This special event serves as a platform to honor and reward the exceptional dedication shown by member districts in ensuring a safe and healthy environment for students, staff, and the community through active participation in risk management programs. In this year’s gathering, a total of 26 member school districts were recognized for their outstanding efforts and were presented with well-deserved awards amounting to an impressive $108,000. Scott Wheeler, Facilities Manager of Egg Harbor City School District received the Safety Star of the Year Award.  In addition to overseeing multiple large building projects, Scott Wheeler is fully committed to ensuring the safety of the school district’s staff, students, and community. He diligently conducts all safety inspections, provides assistance during emergency situations, and can always be relied upon whenever an urgent situation arises. Carol Bowen, Business Office Secretary of Hamilton Township School District also received the Safety Star of the Year Award. In addition to her role in managing the Board Office, Carol Bowen is responsible for handling all Workers’ Compensation matters, which is a daily task for her.  Because of Carol’s diligence and follow-up, the Hamilton Township School District maintains a less than one day claim reporting time.  Carol is an asset to the Hamilton Township School District and the ACCASBO Joint Insurance Fund. Brigantine Public School District, Estell Manor City School District, Hamilton Township School District, and Middle Township Board of Education were recognized as Safety...

2023 SPELL JIF Joint Retreat

Jeopardy – SPELL JIF Edition! Competitors Face Off in SPELL JIF Jeopardy Discussion with Retired Police Chief Kevin Craig on School Safety and Security Michelle Carter Moderates the “What is our Why?” Session Throughout the three day 2023 SPELL JIF Joint Retreat, a series of highly valuable and collaborative sessions were designed to elevate the knowledge and skills of our members. One of the highlights was the informative “Law Day,” which featured engaging sessions on Service Dogs in schools, Workers’ Compensation, and Tort claims. To conclude the day on a fun note, we organized a competitive game of SPELL JIF Jeopardy, where contestants not only had a great time but also deepened their understanding of insurance issues in school districts. Another session that stood out was titled “What is our Why?” This interactive series of roundtable discussions and presentations delved into the core questions associated with SPELL’s history, present, and future. It provided a platform for meaningful conversations and insights. Why Statement: The SPELL JIF is a collaborative group of dedicated school professionals who manage our risks to provide the best coverage and outcomes. How? Your district will benefit from our innovation and expertise when you join. What? Full-service risk management. Additionally, we conducted a comprehensive reinsurance review and facilitated discussions on third-party contracts. To further enrich the experience, we invited a retired chief of police and school security expert to review best practices and protocols for ensuring safety in schools. Our Virtual Safety Director also addressed the crucial topic of protecting school districts from cyber attacks. Overall, the retreat proved to be an enjoyable learning experience for all...

SPELL JIF Managing Virtual Safety and Security Risks Seminar

The SPELL JIF hosted a free seminar on Managing Virtual Safety and Security Risks in a Digital World for its member districts on  July 19, 2023 at the Westin Hotel in Mount Laurel. Designed for your Cyber Risk Management Team, this seminar provided strategies to help manage cyber risk on an organizational basis.  With the technological footprint growing within instruction and operations, JIF member districts will be better prepared to address cyber risks before, during and after purchasing new technology while being mindful of the additional costs. Agenda: Cyber Virtual Safety Seminar Agenda Speaker Bios: Cyber Virtual Safety Seminar Speaker Bios Presentations: 1 – Why Virtual Safety instead of Cyber Security 2 – NB Breach Story JIF Presentation  3 – Voorhees TownSchool Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) Journey 4 – Introduction to SPELL JIF’s Virtual Safety Director 4.5 -Key Cybersecurity Controls K-12 Schools Handout 5 – Cyber Insurance Perspectives...

SPELL JIF Mold/Environmental/IAQ Best Practices Seminar

The SPELL JIF conducted another successful Mold Prevention and Environmental IAQ Seminar on Wednesday, July 12 at the Westin Mount Laurel.  With over 200 participants, the seminar was organized with interactive sessions on risk avoidance and best practices to prevent water events. We thank all who attended and hope they obtained valuable information to take back to their districts. Agenda:  SPELL Environmental Seminar Agenda Speaker Bios: SPELL Environmental Seminar Speaker Bios Presentations: 1 – 2023 Mold Session 1- Purpose and Golden Rule 2 – 2023 Mold Session 2 – Lessons from Losses 3 – 2023 Mold Session 3 – Standard Operating Procedures 4 – 2023 Mold Session 4 – Are These Claims Avoidable?...

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