Effective January 1, 1978, school districts became responsible for financing the unemployment benefits for their eligible employees.  In order to provide for group insurance and claims control, a cooperative was formed as a separate legal entity in accordance with Chapter 39.34.030 RCW.  Olympic ESD 114 is responsible to administer the cooperative on behalf of the member districts.


    A cooperative advisory board consisting of the superintendent or designee of each member district was created.  The purpose of the board is to monitor the performance of the cooperative agreement, insure the cooperative is operated according to the By-Laws, and provide advice on matters relating to this agreement to Olympic ESD 114.  The Board approves the rate of assessment.


    The rate of assessment for each calendar year is based on prior year actual cost, by district, expressed as a percentage of taxable wages.  The cooperative has contracted with Employers Unity to provide for claims management services.


    The member districts are:


                            Olympic Educational Service District 114

                Cape Flattery School District 401

                Crescent School District 313

                Port Angeles School District 121

                Quillayute Valley School District 402

                Sequim School District 323

                Brinnon School District 46

                Chimacum School District 49

                Port Townsend School District 50

                Queets-Clearwater School District 20

                Quilcene School District 48

                Bremerton School District 100

                Central Kitsap School District 401

                North Kitsap School District 400

                North Mason School District 403

                Bainbridge Island School District 303


    The Cooperative Advisory Board elects an Executive Advisory Committee who is responsible for establishing the by-laws of the cooperative, annually reviewing the pool reserve ratio, handling disputes, claims or grievances and other duties as may be assigned by the Cooperative Advisory Board.


    The members of the Executive Advisory Committee are:

                            Amy Khile                        Port Townsend

                            Marian Woods                 Bremerton

                            Paula Bailey                    Central Kitsap