The Risk Cooperative (SWRMIC) provides property and liability insurance coverage for 32 member districts.
The Cooperative’s mission is to support member districts by providing long-term protection from financial loss through proactive prevention and high quality risk management response, programs and services.
The Risk Cooperative was formed September 1986 when school districts in southwest Washington State joined together through an Interlocal Governmental Agreement to self insure, self administer and group purchase excess insurance to cover their losses. Thirty school districts, the Educational Service District 112, the KWRL Transportation Cooperative and the Washington Schools Information Processing Cooperative belong to the Risk Cooperative.
The Risk Cooperative is an Enterprise Fund established for the purpose of providing claims handling and risk management for property and casualty liabilities to its membership through group funding. The risk Cooperative provides the following forms of group purchased insurance coverage for its members: property, vehicle and mobile equipment physical damage, equipment breakdown, crime, electronic data processing equipment, and general liability, automobile liability, employment practices liability, errors and omissions liability and statutorily required bonds.
The Risk Cooperative is fully funded by its member participants. Claims are filed by members with the Educational Service District 112, which is contracted to perform claims adjustment services for the Cooperative.
The Risk Cooperative is governed by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of one designated represented from each participating member, with delegated authority to a five member Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is responsible for conducting the business affairs of the Cooperative.
The SWRMIC Promise
- Accessible and knowledgeable staff
- Valuable resource to districts
- Responsive to district needs
- Timely response
- Long-term commitment to partnership
- Transparency in communication
- Timely presentation of rates
Benefits of Membership
Local control. Regional support. That’s the key to successful cooperatives and school services. By working together, districts are able to leverage financial and operational resources to provide high quality and efficient programs. The ESD 112 Risk Cooperative is one example of this successful concept.
Why Choose Us
- Schools are our only business, the only clients we serve.
- The Risk Cooperative’s Executive Board are Superintendents who are familiar with – and responsive to – local district needs. They are the decision-makers for the Risk Cooperative.
- We offer investigation coverage before a claim is presented, with service provided by an experienced attorney.
- School-tailored coverage follows an excess manuscript policy written for schools.
- The Executive Director, Risk Manager, Fiscal Officer, Claims Adjuster and loss control staff are highly experienced and familiar with school challenges and issues.
- Member districts work together to reduce loss, focusing on a specific target area each year.
Long – Term Stability
- The Risk Cooperative is financially stable and well-funded – to a 95% confidence level.
- Rates are set by the Executive Committee and based on actuarial analysis.
- The Risk Cooperative has no deductible on liability claims and a $1,000 deductible on property claims. Other programs may require larger deductibles out of district funds.
- We refunded $1 million to member districts in 2010, and provided $100,000 in safety grants.
- Loss control services, as well as claim handling costs and legal services, are included in the yearly contribution costs.
- A member district with excellent loss experience could save up to 25% (of the base rate).
Coverage and Pricing
The cooperative makes no profit from schools. We refund back to districts all excess monies collected.
- Our pricing is transparent and consistent among all members. We have NO hidden costs.
- The Risk Cooperative covers some defense costs for Special Education disputes. No other insurer pays these kinds of costs for the district.
What Our Customers Are Saying
“To me this relationship and level of support is critical to our total operation.”
“Most importantly is that I trust the people I work with in the ESD 112 Insurance Cooperative.”
“The Risk Cooperative is proactive in providing training to keep our district in compliance with regulations and has been an advocate for providing safe and secure schools. East Valley appreciates the Risk Cooperative’s legal support and response during unfortunate circumstances.”
Members of the ESD 112 Risk Cooperative can access attorney and experienced school administrator consultation services at no additional cost to their districts. These services were initiated by the Risk Cooperative’s Executive Committee as part of its strategic planning for the Risk Cooperative.
These services were initiated by the Risk Cooperative’s Executive Committee as part of its strategic planning for the Risk Cooperative.
Attorney Consultation Services
The attorney consultation service provides member districts with up to 90 minutes of advice on any legal matter via phone consultation with any panel attorney. This can be used as often as needed.
Your Attorney Consultants
To Request Services
Contact the Attorney consultant of your choosing directly. Simply identify yourself as a Risk Cooperative member when you call.
School Administrator Consultation Services
Administrator Consultants are retired school administrators available to assist superintendents with sometimes challenging operational and personnel issues. They provide a unique service to school district CEOs, offering options for consideration taken from their own experience. They provide a valuable perspective to current administrators on a variety of issues. This is a peer consulting service for school superintendents.
How Administrator Consultants Can Help Members
- Administrator Consultants can assist member districts with personnel issues, non-claim investigations, administrative mentoring or to serve as hearing officers for disciplinary hearings
- The Administrative Consultant reports directly to the requesting superintendent
Your Administrator Consultants
To request services, contact:
How to File a Claim
Notice of any claim or occurrence likely to give rise to a claim shall be given to the Risk Cooperative in writing immediately upon notice to the member district. The notice should identify the District, the time, place and circumstances of the occurrence or wrongful act, the nature and extent of any property loss, names and addresses of injured or involved person(s) and all witnesses. In addition, the member district shall immediately forward to the Risk Cooperative every demand, notice, summons or other process received by the member district or any of its representatives.
For more information, contact:
Senior Risk Claims Adjuster
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
If you have a question about any of our insurance programs or services, please reach out to:
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