The Sound Partnership: Benefits & Wellness

The Tacoma School District offers competitive benefits to all .5 or greater full time equivalent (FTE) eligible employees through The Sound Partnership.

The Sound Partnership offers:​

Medical: Choice of five medical plans. Employee cost  is dependent upon which plan is chosen and actual benefit FTE. Summary of plans and employee cost

Dental: Choice of two dental plans. Summary of plans and employee cost

Vision: Davis Vision Plan is offered at no cost to employees and their eligible dependents with options for non-Davis providers.  Vision Plan Summary

Life: Basic $25,000 free life insurance with options to increase coverage and include family members.  Summary of plans and employee cost                  

Long Term Disability: Available at no cost providing 60% of base salary up to a maximum of $5,000 per month.  LTD Plan Summary
 
Group Legal: Purchase coverage through ARAG, including coverage for wills, power of attorney, adoptions, etc. 
 
Employee Assistance Program:
Provided at no cost to employees and their eligible dependents. Three FREE visits for assessment regarding mental health, family counseling and/or substance abuse.  
EAP Plan Summary
 
Other Benefit Programs Available: the Payroll department administrates these programs:
 
  • Short term disability
  • AFLAC -Cancer/Intensive Care and Accidental Death and Dismemberment 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Tax Shelter Annuity plans 
  • Retirement plans

The Sound Partnership is...

...a Health & Welfare Trust that has evolved to emphasize these key factors:

SOUND management and fiscal strength - promoting appropriate and effective health care service through competitive contracting based on quality, customer service and satisfaction and administrative efficiency.
 
PARTNERSHIP between Tacoma Public Schools, bargaining groups and the employees.  Managing health care costs, ensuring access to affordable health care and preserving individual choice of health care providers.
 
WELLNESS - balancing work and life, pursuing a healthy lifestyle and managing the costs of health care involves changing your behavior - breaking old habits and developing new, healthier ones.