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(AUSTIN) – San Marcos CISD has been awarded a loss prevention grant of $3500 for the 5th consecutive year from the Texas Association of School Boards’ Risk Management Fund. Grant monies will help implement loss prevention and safety initiatives to reduce the potential for property losses and on-the-job injuries and raise safety awareness. A total number of 206 public school districts and education entities received grants of $550,000 from the Fund this year. Since 1998, the Fund’s Loss Prevention Grant Program has distributed 1,381 total grants of more than $3.4 million to Fund members in the workers’ compensation and property/casualty programs. “The safety and well being of all employees and prevention of losses are crucial issues in the workplace. The Fund is dedicated to partnering with its members to save valuable resources and do everything we can to help educate staff to provide for a healthier work force and create a safer work environment,” said Edwin Thompson, director of TASB Loss Prevention Services. “We are quite proud that the Fund has been able to award much-needed resources to our members over the years,” he said.

The 2008 grants were awarded to 192 school districts, 6 colleges, 4 regional education service centers, 2 appraisal districts, and 2 educational cooperatives. Workers’ compensation grants focused on fall prevention, personal lifting devices, and personal protective equipment. Facilities security initiatives, driver improvement, and vehicle safety were the primary areas receiving grants under the property casualty program area.

“We were extremely pleased to receive a record number of grant applications, and member response has increased each year since the program’s inception. Applicants did a superb job of analyzing their hazardous exposures, loss prevention needs, and developing loss prevention initiatives to mitigate their impact on district resources,” Thompson said. “The review and evaluation process covered almost two months and was extremely difficult given the wealth of well-justified applications submitted,” he said.

“Raising awareness and reducing injuries and losses is a win-win situation and this highly successful program will continue to be an integral part of the Fund’s overall focus,” Thompson said. “We applaud participating districts and education organizations for their commitment to saving valuable local resources and increasing productivity. Safety in the workplace and loss reduction have been major objectives of the Fund’s Loss Prevention Grant Program since its inception. The Fund remains steadfast in its pledge to provide continued support of our members’ efforts to achieve their loss prevention and safety goals,” he said.

The TASB Risk Management Fund is the largest risk sharing pool for school districts and one of the largest public entity risk pools in the nation. Created in 1974, the Fund provides comprehensive risk management coverage and services in the areas of workers’ compensation, property/casualty, and unemployment compensation. More than 1,100 school districts, education cooperatives, junior colleges, education service centers, and county appraisal districts participate in one or more of the Fund’s programs.

TASB is a voluntary nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.5 million public school students.

Submitted by IRIS CAMPBELL
Public Information Officer

Written by EDWIN THOMPSON (800-482-7276, ext. 6227

Photo: Superintendent Dr. Patty Shafer, Asst. Supt. for Business & Support Services Mike Abild, and Associate Director of SMCIS Maintenance Department Robert Gutierrez

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