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.”