MSBA Endorsed Products and Services

National Insurance Services, Inc. (NIS) has specialized in public sector benefits since 1969. The Minnesota School Boards Association Insurance Trust (MSBAIT) endorses NIS as the preferred provider for life and long-term disability insurance. NIS helps school districts align their unique and complex benefit challenges with the hard-to-understand language and practices of insurance. Learn more about NIS at http://www.nisbenefits.com.



BoardBook is an electronic tool that makes assembling and distributing board meeting packets easy and opens the door for paperless board meetings. Learn more about BoardBook at http://www.mnmsba.org/BoardBook.



The Minnesota Tax and Aid Anticipation Borrowing Program (MNTAAB) helps members address cash flow issues. The power of pooled purchasing gives districts an advantage in the short-term debt market. It’s easy to participate; borrowing costs are low; and the pool proceeds can be reinvested to provide a competitive rate of return to districts. Springsted Inc. and the Minnesota Service Cooperatives are MSBA’s partners for the MNTAAB program. Learn more about MNTAAB at http://www.mnmsba.org/MNTAAB.



The MSBA Playground Compliance Program works to keep all Minnesota school children safe, healthy, and fit. This program is a full-service solution for safety surfacing, playground and fitness equipment, inspections, design, and ongoing maintenance. Learn more about the Playground Compliance Program at http://www.mnmsba.org/PlaygroundComplianceProgram.



PaySchools provides members with an efficient, easy method to collect fees and receive payments by electronic check or credit card for school lunches and anything else related to the school district. MSBA co-sponsors PaySchools with the Minnesota Association of School Administrators and the Minnesota Service Cooperatives. Learn more about PaySchools at http://www.mnmsba.org/PaySchools.



The National Joint Powers Alliance Purchasing Program offers members contract purchasing solutions that are leveraged nationally to enable contracted suppliers and member agencies to work smarter and more efficient as they do business with each other. NJPA does this by establishing a business and service alliance between member buyers and contracted suppliers ensuring a valued and successful national cooperative contract. Learn more about NJPA at https://www.njpacoop.org.



Educators Benefit Consultants' Administration and Compliance Service has been submitting contribution data and funds to vendors for the past 12 years. The ACS can calculate contribution limits, track hardship withdrawals, loans, loan repayments and transfers. Learn more about Educators Benefit Consultants at http://www.mnmsba.org/EducatorsBenefitConsultants.



The Minnesota Payment Solutions P-Card Program provides secure procurement cards that simplify district purchasing and bill paying. Members may earn a rebate based on purchasing volume. MSBA co-sponsors the Minnesota Payment Solutions P-Card Program with the Minnesota Association of School Administrators and the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials. Learn more about the P-Card Program at http://www.mnmsba.org/P-Card.



The MSBA ADA Compliance Program is a partnership between MSBA and Disability Access Consultants to help members develop their federally mandated ADA compliance “transition plans” through a do-it-yourself software program. Learn more about the ADA Compliance Program at http://www.mnmsba.org/ADAComplianceProgram.



SchoolFinances.com helps members become more data-based in planning and decision-making. The Financial Planning Model allows members to enter baseline data and assumptions and develop a five-year plan. SchoolFinances.com prepares reports in the following areas: referendums, staffing, student options, mobility, dropouts, free/reduced lunches, enrollment, and much more. Learn more about SchoolFinances.com at http://www.mnmsba.org/SchoolFinances.