Teacher health care commission members named

Phil Scott
​Gov. Phil Scott speaks to reporters in May, 2017, about an ongoing negotiation with the Legislature regarding health care for teachers. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger
Gov. Phil Scott named his pick to head a commission charged with scrutinizing Vermont’s teachers’ health care system this week.

Scott appointed David Provost, a top official at Middlebury College, to head the panel.

The commission came out of a months-long scramble earlier this year as Scott and Democratic legislative leadership were at an impasse over a proposal to change how teachers’ health care benefits are negotiated.

The panel will examine the potential advantages and drawbacks to adopting a system where teachers’ health care benefits are negotiated at a statewide level, rather than at a school district level, as is currently the case. The commission is due to issue a report in November.

Provost currently works as the vice president for finance and administration at Middlebury College, according to an announcement from the governor’s office. He previously worked in the administration of Champlain College, and headed the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium.

“David has a breadth of knowledge and is well respected in Chittenden County and throughout Vermont,” Scott said at a press conference Thursday.

Legislative leaders also recently selected their nominees for the commission.

The Senate Committee on Committees named George Cross, a former state representative from Winooski, to the commission, according to a spokesperson for Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden.

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, D-Grand Isle, appointed Barbara Griffin. Griffin is an educator in the interstate Rivendell School District, which includes Orford, N.H., and the Vermont towns of Fairlee, West Fairlee and Vershire, and formerly was a member of the Vershire School Board.

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