MSBA Endorsed Products And Services

The Minnesota School Boards Association Insurance Trust (MSBAIT) endorses National Insurance Services (NIS) as the preferred provider for life and long-term disability insurance. As a specialist in public sector originations since 1969, National Insurance Services (NIS) understands your unique employee benefit needs. NIS is your team of school district benefit experts whose experience spans over five decades. We are on top of the latest trends, solutions, and strategies; but, more importantly, in touch with the political atmosphere, budgetary constraints, and negotiations so unique to your world. Learn more about NIS. NIS publishes news, articles, and information for public sector organizations. Subscribe to the NIS newsletter.

BoardBook is an electronic tool that makes assembling and distributing board meeting packets easy and opens the door for paperless board meetings. Learn more about BoardBook.

The Minnesota Tax and Aid Anticipation Borrowing Program (MNTAAB) helps members address cash flow issues. The power of pooled purchasing gives districts an advantage in the short-term debt market. It’s easy to participate; borrowing costs are low; and the pool proceeds can be reinvested to provide a competitive rate of return to districts. Baker Tilly and the Minnesota Service Cooperatives are MSBA’s partners for the MNTAAB program. Learn more about MNTAAB.

PaySchools provides members with an efficient, easy method to collect fees and receive payments by electronic check or credit card for school lunches and anything else related to the school district. MSBA co-sponsors PaySchools with the Minnesota Association of School Administrators and the Minnesota Service Cooperatives. Learn more about PaySchools.

Aviben, formerly known as Educators Benefit Consultants (EBC) has been submitting contribution data and funds to vendors for the past 12 years. The ACS can calculate contribution limits, track hardship withdrawals, loans, loan repayments and transfers. Learn more about Aviben.

The Minnesota Payment Solutions P-Card Program provides secure procurement cards that simplify district purchasing and bill paying. Members may earn a rebate based on purchasing volume. MSBA co-sponsors the Minnesota Payment Solutions P-Card Program with the Minnesota Association of School Administrators and the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials. Learn more about the Minnesota Payment Solutions P-Card Program.

Forecast5 analytics tools help K–12 educational leaders leverage district, demographic and peer data to develop future-focused strategies for managing limited resources, achieving education outcomes and improving academic ROI in today’s challenging budget environment. Learn more about Forecast5 at https://www.forecast5analytics.com.

Avel eCare School Health delivers nursing coverage to K-12 schools to ensure immediate response to student needs. Using advanced telehealth technology, school staff can connect with a virtual nurse dedicated to their building. When students require care and the local nurse is not onsite, the school staff can press a button and connect with an experienced school nurse within minutes for help with caring for unscheduled, urgent health care needs due to injury or illness, supporting daily diabetic care or other chronic care needs, overseeing medication administration, and handling emergency or 911 situations, prior to EMS arrival. Avel eCare School Health also provides students – fifth grade on up – behavioral health therapy by a licensed clinical social worker. Overall, Avel eCare School Health has conducted telehealth encounters with an average return to class rate of 90% over the past five years. For the 2022-2023 school year, Avel completed 17,600 total student encounters with a response time within five minutes or less. Learn more about Avel eCare School Health at https://www.avelecare.com/services/school-health.

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