School Board President Offers To Pay For Insurance Coverage For Clarkstown Cup

Daylong program includes scheduled varsity and modified games as well as field day activities for elementary students


Insurance coverage for the ’s (CCAF) First Clarkstown Cup dominated Wednesday night’s Clarkstown Board of Education meeting. Board members disagreed over whether the events required a separate insurance policy or should be covered under the district’s insurance. After several exchanges with other board members, President Doug Katz said he would pay the $444 fee to provide the policy. 

I will write the check for $444,” said Katz. “I don’t believe the school board should be taking on that precedent.”

The May 12 inaugural event of the foundation will be held at Clarkstown South High School and includes baseball, softball and lacrosse games and tennis matches plus field day events for elementary students and a student versus staff soccer game.   Katz and school board member and CCAF co-founder Robert Carlucci, both insurance company owners, did not agree on the need for a separate insurance policy for the foundation.

Carlucci said he did not think it was necessary since the games that would be played had been scheduled through BOCES and the regular coaching staff would be present. He said they were insured because the games were being played on school premises and were simply games being played on a Saturday instead of a weekday. He noted that District Director of Physical Education and Aquatics Chris Serra helped organize the events.

Katz offered to split the cost of the policy with Carlucci and School Board member Joe Malgieri, who is also a CCAF co-founder.   Carlucci said he would rather use the money for foundation events.

Katz said he did not think the district should be responsible for providing insurance coverage for every function that occurs on school property.  Board Member Donna Ehrenberg said they would be setting a precedent if they did not require the CCAF to have coverage. Assistant superintendent John LaNave noted that other organizations such as the PTAs are asked to provide coverage so the district is not the primary source.

Carlucci said he thought it was a waste of money since the district spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on insurance coverage.  

“This is really a risk management question not an insurance question,” said LaNave. “We’re covered even when we do something outside our own rules.”

Jonathan Swift May 03, 2012 at 01:35 PM
It was a classy move by Doug - thank you!
Jonathan Swift May 03, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Grogan wasn't at a meeting AGAIN? Can someone tell us if there are a minimum number of meetings a board member must attend? This man should resign and let someone else on the board who CARES.
Jonathan May 03, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I agree, thanks Doug. Very generous of you!
ClarkstownMom #18 May 04, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Wouldn't that be great! Then we can keep Chris, Wendy, Mike, and Leo. No matter what, just get out there and VOTE on MAY 15th!!!!!
Disgusted ClarkstownRES May 04, 2012 at 02:21 PM
ClarkstownMom#18.....I couldn't agree with you more!! Let's get Chris, Wendy and Mike on that Board come May 15th!!! It is time the community spoke out against this Board and voting these 3 in will show the Board that we are not going to stand for this nonsense any longer no matter who the Union endorses. It is our tax dollar that is spent and I believe these 3 will be more responsible with our dollars and make right choices!!!


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