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  • 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.

Health Benefits Plan Trustees

Plan Administrator/
Ex Officio Trustee

Darleen A. Michalak, Ph.D.


Doreen Casacci

Director, Exceptional Education Services

Bargaining Unions:
John Pope, Chair
Erie 1 Administrators Association, SAANYS

Doreen Kausner 
Coordinator of Finance
Services/District Treasurer

Joseph Borgisi, Vice Chair
Erie 1 Professional Education
Association, NYSUT

Claims Analyst, Thomas Pomidoro


JoAnn Balazs
Management Services

Patricia Kirisits
Erie 1 Management

Association, SAANYS

Fiscal Agent, Alice Riley


Carol Barber
Deputy Superintendent

Scott Decker

AFSCME Local 2567,
12-month employees

Wellness Reimbursement Representative
Jeni Kapalczynski
716.821.7439 (fax)

Melody Jason
Executive Director,
Instructional Programs and Services

Cynthia Kapturowski

AFSCME Local 2341,
10-month employees