The Scranton School District will save more than $2 million this year on health care, officials announced at a meeting with employees on Wednesday.
Savings, found through negotiations with carriers and moving plans to different providers, may be used to offset current and future costs in employee contracts, officials said.
Salary raises in the teachers contract are costing, at a maximum, about $900,000 the first year, an additional $100,000 the second year and an additional $400,000 the third year, district solicitor John Minora said. If employees retire, those numbers will be less, he said.
Along with announcing the savings to a crowd that filled the Scranton High School gymnasium Wednesday - the last school day for teachers - the district also launched its wellness program, which could provide additional savings.