KETCHIKAN, Alaska -

A bill intended to give the state more bargaining power over a statewide insurance plan could cost smaller school districts more money to participate.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports that if passed, Senate Bill 90 would require all Alaska school districts to join a statewide insurance pool. The plan would require school districts to contribute a set amount despite the marital or employment status of the employee.

Ketchikan School District officials say such a change would wind up costing them about $1.4 million more a year. The district currently provides a higher contribution for certified staff like teachers and lower amounts for classified staff members, like cooks or custodians.

The school board will meet Wednesday to consider a resolution opposing the bill as written.