Community Insurance Corporation Partners with Schools to Pay for Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM) Designation

Over 30 School Districts Have Taken Advantage of this Program in Past Five Years

Since the beginning, Community Insurance Corporation has been dedicated to our schools and ensuring school district employees, students and community are in the safest environment possible.

From playground safety to theater safety, we have partnered with thousands of school employees to minimize risk, increase awareness of potential trouble spots and work to find solutions.

This partnership with our schools is something we take very seriously. Since 2011, Community Insurance Corporation has supported school districts by sending an employee to obtain their Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM) designation. Community Insurance Corporation will reimburse tuition costs for all five courses for one person from each district.

“The CSRM is a national certification and all who graduate proudly place this designation behind their name,” said Community Insurance Corporation Senior Risk Management Consultant Jodi Traas. “Since 2011, 33 districts have benefited from Community Insurance Corporation’s policy and in 2016 alone, 10 of our school districts have completed the coursework and are certified.”

The majority of those that have become certified are school business officials and facilities directors, along with risk managers and safety coordinators. According to Traas, some districts send both business officials AND facilities directors together.

“When you have both positions taking the courses together, it is ideal because of a shared understanding and vision of what makes a safe school,” said Traas. “Several districts such as Kettle Moraine and Oshkosh have already taken advantage of sending two people together to receive this certification.

To become a CSRM, candidates sign up through WASBO. There are five courses over the span of five full days and at the end of each day, there is an exam. Community Insurance Corporation pays each of the course tuitions following their completion of the entire program and certification for one employee per district.

“Since earning my CSRM certification, my school district has benefited from my increased ability to identify, manage and properly fund risks,” said Chief Finance and Business Services Officer Robert Tess, CSRM, of the Wausau School District. “I am also more able to engage in meaningful discussion and decision making with insurance professionals as we have a more common understanding.”

Kettle Moraine School District Director of Facility Services and Safety Dale Zabel, CSRM, echoed this sentiment. “In my daily duties, I am always looking for potential hazards and how to mitigate those hazards,” said Dale. “After going through the CSRM training and becoming certified, however, I am now looking at the even bigger picture. For example, I do not just see a risk such as a ladder, but also see it as potential for ladder safety training, integration of ladder safety into work programs and insurance repercussions. Being a CSRM has broadened my safety perspective even more.”

Traas was the first Wisconsin CSRM Trainer along with Tom Wohlleber, formerly Middleton Cross Plains School District to be approved to train. In addition, Community Insurance Corporation Risk Manager Jessica Schroeder is currently going through this CSRM training.

“There are so many benefits for a district to get this certification and we are proud to be a part of so many already taking advantage of the Community Insurance Corporation program,” said Traas. “We know that as CSRMs, they are able to identify risk at classes, events, activities and outside groups. Once the risk is identified, they can work to avoid it, prevent it or control it through administration. It is true risk prevention instead of being reactive after a student, staff member or community person is injured."

Since 2011, Wisconsin School Districts that now have a CSRM that has gone through Community Insurance Corporation tuition reimbursement include:

Oshkosh Area School District
Greendale School District
Wisconsin Rapids Public School District
Waterford Graded Joint School District #1
Green Bay Area Public Schools

Wausau School District
Mishicot School District
Fond du Lac School District
Menasha Joint School District
Somerset School District

Elkhorn Area School District
Merrill Area School District

Manawa School District
Kenosha Unified School District
Eau Claire Area School District
Ashwaubenon School District

Middleton Cross Plains Area School District
Wilmot Union High School District
Appleton Area School District

Black River Falls School District
Sparta Area School District
Random Lake School District
Campbellsport School District
La Crosse School District
Northland Pines School District
Beloit Turner School District
Denmark School District
Shorewood School District

To learn more about how you can become a Certified School Risk Manager using the Community Insurance Corporation tuition reimbursement program, contact Jodi Traas at or 800.511.9797.

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