Healthy Tip of the Week

  • Fire Safety. Fire safety is essential during summer. Test your smoke alarms and replace their batteries if needed. Keep flammable objects away from cooking areas. Keep candles and matches out of reach from children. For more information on fire safety, click here.



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Welcome what we consider the most progressive and benefit-friendly health care plan for school districts in New York state and their employee associations. The NY44 Health Benefits Plan Trust is a unique partnership that succeeds on its collaborative framework of respect between labor and management. Established in 2003, the plan achieved self-funded status in 2008. It continues to grow significantly in its membership while containing annual costs and expanding benefit offerings. How do we do it? Read more.

Plan Information for Schools
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Plan Information


Board of Trustees


 NY44 Staff

Carol Barber 
Deputy Superintendent
Bargaining Unions
John Pope, Chair
Erie 1 Administrators Association, SAANYS
 Plan Administrator/Ex Officio Trustee
Darleen A. Michalak, Ph.D.

Nancy Bojanowski
Executive Director,
Human Resources
Patricia Kirisits, Vice Chair
Erie 1 Management
Association, SAANYS
 Claims Risk Manager
Thomas Pomidoro

James Fregelette
Executive Director,
Finance and Information Systems
Scott Decker
AFSCME Local 2567,
12-month employees
 Fiscal Manager
Alice Riley

Doreen Kausner
Coordinator of Finance
Services/District Treasurer
Deborah Piatek
AFSCME Local 2341,
10-month employees
 Customer Service Coordinator
Anne Menard

Melody Jason
Executive Director,
Instructional Programs and Services
Donna Walters
Erie 1 Professional Education Association, NYSUT
 Administrative Assistant/
Wellness Coordinator
Jeni Kapalczynski

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