Left to right: San Marcos CISD consultant Clemente Zabalza, San Marcos CISD Associate Director of Transportation Ernest Martinez, San Marcos CISD Assistant Superintendent of Business & Support Services Mike Abild, and San Marcos CISD Associate Director of Custodians Robert Gutierrez. Photo by Iris Campbell.
For the seventh year in a row, San Marcos CISD has been awarded a loss prevention grant from the Texas Association of School Boards’ (TASB) Risk Management Fund. The $4,000 grant was made to the San Marcos CISD school board and the support services department at this week’s school board meeting. The award was presented by loss prevention consultant Clemente Zambalza.
The grant money will go towards loss prevention and safety initiatives to reduce the potential for property losses and on-the-job-injuries and to raise safety awareness. The TASB Risk Management Fund is a self-insurance pool serving Texas school districts, community colleges, education service centers, and county appraisal districts.
“Safety in the workplace and loss reduction has been major objectives of the fund’s Loss Prevention Grant Program since its inception and will continue to be an integral part of our overall focus,” said Edwin Thompson, director of TASB Loss Prevention Services. “Raising awareness and reducing injuries and losses is a win-win situation and we applaud participating districts and education organizations for their commitment to saving valuable local resources and increasing productivity. The fund remains steadfast in its pledge to provide continued support of our members’ efforts to achieve their loss prevention and safety goals.”
The award is part of the $550,000 in grants the fund awarded this year to 186 Texas school districts and more than a dozen other educational facilities.
“Member response to the grant program has grown steadily over the years and applicants did an exceptional job of analyzing their hazardous exposures, loss prevention needs, and developing loss prevention initiatives to mitigate their impact on district resources,” said Thompson. “Almost two months were needed to evaluate and select grant recipients and the process was extremely challenging given the wealth of well-justified applications submitted.”
In the last 12 years, the fund’s Loss Prevention Grant Program has distributed more than $4.5 million to fund members in the worker’s compensation and property/liability programs. Since 1974, the TASB Risk Management Fund has provided workers’ compensation, property, liability, and unemployment compensation coverage to more than 1,100 members.
“The safety and well being of all employees and prevention of losses are crucial issues in the workplace,” Thompson said. “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. We are quite proud that the Fund has been able to award much-needed resources to our members over the years.”