30 SPUSD Employees To Retire

Teachers were offered an incentive package that will save the district a projected $250,000.

Thirty employees will retire this year after being offered an incentive that will pay 85 percent of their salary over the next five years. 

This incentive package will save the district a projected $250,000 over a three-year period.

"However, PARS will now do the actual calculation based on the specific employees who are retiring, so this figure may change," said Superintendent Joel Shapiro. 

Regardless, "We have a lot of important people who we need to replace," he continued. 

The incentive program included the following stipulations: Employees needed to be at least 55 years of age with five or more years of service to the district as of June 30, 2012; or at least 50 years of age with 30 or more years of service to the district as of June 30, 2012.

The retirement incentive is totally independent of what employees will receive from their state retirement program (STRS for certificated employees and PERS for classified employees), said Shapiro. 

Overall, 20 teachers and counselors, two administrators and eight classified employees will retire this year. Their names will be announced at the next school board meeting May 8. 

"Those retiring, it's their responsibility to share with colleagues," said Shapiro. "We will have several events [to commemorate them]. Planning is just beginning."


Just My Opinion May 02, 2012 at 05:41 PM
If my job would pay me 85% of my wages over the next five years, I'd retire too. Then I could do what I really want to do in life...volunteer for the Red Cross in Arcadia
Mama D May 02, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I hope it ends up being good for the district in the long run and that passionate teachers will remain. I do know of one of the teachers retiring because he told his students and he is one of the best teachers, so that is hard. I hope that we can get the very best and brightest to come onboard. Obviously some of the teachers we are losing will be greatly missed! Hopefully it is what is best for them and we wish them the very best!
Deborah Ware October 06, 2012 at 06:49 PM
NO WONDER the SPUSD has so much to GIVE their employees. They CHEATED me of substantial relocation fees when they hired a fellow from an Orange County Firm to force me off and out of my rented apartment at 1416 Fair Oaks so the SP Middle School could have more room/land. All I got was $1000.00 while the other remaining renters got over $15,000.00 The hurtful thing, when I moved to So. Pas. in 1995 The M Measure was on the Ballot & I voted for it. Of course, the description to my recollection never indicated if the measure passed people would be forced off their land and/or not compensated fairly. Due to extreme hardshop, I was forced to move out of state. I will Never vote in favor of any measure again. > Deborah Ware 10/6/12


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