Risk Management Programs & Services

NCSBA offers superior risk management protection to the majority of public school districts in North Carolina through the NCSBT funds.  The Risk Management staff works diligently to ensure timely processing of claims, open and continuous communication, and fair resolutions.  See the descriptions of each fund below, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns, or if your district would like a free quote!


The Workers’ Compensation Fund provides members with statutory workers’ compensation coverage for their locally and federally funded workers’ compensation exposures.  This Fund includes coverage for school districts’ proportionate share of their local workers’ compensation exposures on split-fund claims.  The Fund also provides employers’ liability coverage for claims against school districts for employee injury or illness allegedly caused by the school district’s negligence.  NCSBT has partnered with PMA Management Corp. (PMA) to serve as third-party-administrator in handling claims through this Fund.  PMA has expertise in the area of workers’ compensation and has worked with NCSBT and North Carolina school districts for years handling workers’ compensation claims, including split-fund claims.  This program also offers high-deductible plans and is assisting members through loss prevention and return to work programs to comply with state mandates.


Through this fund, NCSBT provides the majority of North Carolina school districts with the risk management protection they need when faced with lawsuits against their districts, boards of education, or board of education members.  Errors & Omissions coverage primarily covers liabilities arising out of alleged violations of employee or student rights, and General Liability coverage provides coverage for bodily injury liability arising out of the operation and maintenance of school premises and/or school programs.  This fund automatically includes no-fault coverage (“med-pay”) for reasonable medical and dental expenses arising out of accidental injuries to students and school guests on school campuses during regular school hours or school-sponsored student events. The med-pay coverage is offered for free to members of this fund.


The Automobile/Inland Marine Fund provides coverage for claims arising out of the operation of non-yellow buses and vehicles owned and used by the school district, including vehicles borrowed, rented, or leased by the district.  Coverage is also provided for authorized yellow school bus uses that are not subject to the North Carolina State Tort Claims Act.  School district employees have excess coverage while using their own vehicles for school district business.  Inland Marine coverage is also available for members wishing to have coverage for certain miscellaneous property.


*Coverage provided through the NCSBT Funds does not duplicate any state-funded liability coverage for North Carolina public school employees.

Risk Management
Donna Lynch Litigation Counsel dlynch@ncsba.org 919.747.6685
David Byrd Claims and Risk Services Consultant dbyrd@ncsba.org 919.747.6683
Christina Miller Data Analyst cmiller@ncsba.org 919.747.6687
Kelly Morgan Claims and Risk Management Specialist kmorgan@ncsba.org 919.747.6681
Melody Coons Litigation Assistant mcoons@ncsba.org 919.747.6684
Lee Adams Assistant ladams@ncsba.org 919.747.6707
Helen Gelb Assistant hgelb@ncsba.org 919.747.6712