VISD receives awards from CAS

Published 2:26 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2018

To The Leader

​Vidor Independent School District will receive a $500 gift and two awards ​from CAS (Claims Administrative Services).  The funds will come from the Annie Ozella Jones Memorial Student Scholarship and the Billy E. Hibbs Safety Awards.

Annie Ozella Jones Memorial Student Scholarship

Ozella Jones had a love for children and a love for education. She spent her life dedicated to the education of children. Her goal was to give each child she taught the drive to learn more. She taught thousands of children during her 25 years in education at the New Boston Independent School District in New Boston, Texas. She pushed each student to take that extra step to learn more and then to learn even more. Ozella was deeply committed to higher education and to seeing every student reach his or her potential.

CAS, like Ozella, has a deep commitment to continuing education and has established a scholarship fund in her name for member school districts that excel in reducing employee injuries.

The Annie Ozella Jones Memorial Scholarships are presented annually to the district and/or college that are committed to having the Lowest Loss Ratio, Most Improved Loss Ratio, and Best 3-Year Loss Ratio. Scholarships are to be awarded to a deserving student of the district or college’s choosing to assist with their continued educational interests. The recipients of the scholarship are encouraged to take that extra step to learn more and then as Ozella would say, “Learn even more.”

Billy E. Hibbs Safety Awards

When the CAS worker’s compensation program for independent school districts was first being conceptualized, Billy Hibbs and his executive management team recognized that strict adherence to a comprehensive loss control program would benefit everyone. The school district’s personnel would benefit from a safer work environment, and the district would have less absenteeism from injuries. Losses to the insurance company would decrease, creating a situation where the premiums for worker’s compensation would fall. This would make the price of the coverage much more affordable for the district, and ultimately the taxpayers.

For over 26 years, the CAS program has achieved extraordinary success, so much so that it is the benchmark for worker’s compensation models across the state of Texas. Those select Superintendents who operate the very safest districts in this program are recognized annually by this award.