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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 25, 2012 11A Early teacher retirements co.00l00a save jobs D strict estimates it can .r00.00,sclnd 14 yoff notices Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Plumas Unified School Dis- trict will say an early goodbye to many on its teaching staff. Twenty employees, including a psychologist and 19 teach- ers, are opting to take the dis- trict's offer of an early retire- ment plan. That means the district could save from $500,000 to $2.5 million over five years -- the large disparity exists be- cause it depends on how many of those teachers will be re- placed. Though 20 employees opted for early retirement, they on- ly represented 18.17 full-time positions, as some did not work full-time. Those leaving include a psychologist and two speech therapists, which the district would need to re- place from outside the district because no one on the layoff list has the necessary creden- tials. "I calculate we will be able to rescind 14.5 layoff notices," Assistant Superintendent Bruce Williams said. "The larger effect will be on the bumps." Many of those who spoke during the public comment portion of the school board meeting April 18 objected to how the bumps were impact- ing teachers and schools. In- formation that had been re- leased during a layoff meeting showed many teachers cross- ing the county to teach sub- jects that they were currently teaching in their present schools. Portola High School teacher Daryl Hutchins said, "The current plan has me driving to Chester for a half-time posi- tion, while someone in Chester has to drive here." School board members seemed surprised by com- ments such as that. Bret Cook, the school board member from Indian Valley, asked Williams to provide specific information at the May 9 meeting about what school staffing would be like at vari- ous levels after rescinding layoffs. "We want choices," Cook said. The school board offered its certificated employees a sup- plemental early retirement plan (SERP), but only planned to actually enact the plan if enough savings could be realized. Since it appeared there would be substantial savings, the board adopted the plan during the April 18 meeting. Early retirement plans are designed to create incentives that accelerate the retire- ment rate. There are benefits for both the employer and the employees. Out of 48 eligible employ- ees, 20 opted to participate, in- cluding six who had already announced their retirements. The average current salary of those employees is $65,495. First-year teachers earn ap- proximately $34,000. Employees who didn't par- ticipate this year will have another opportunity for an early retirement incentive next year. "I have already had teachers contact my office for the two-year plan because for various reasons this year : didn't fit for them," Superin- : tendent Glenn Harris said. Rob Gimbel, a teacher rep- resentative who studied the, plan thoroughly, said many : teachers also had asked him about next year's potential. , "A lot of my colleagues need : just one more year," he said.. "I'll think you'll find in- creased savings next year." : Gimbel said he applauded the school board for offering the early retirement plan. : School board member Bob : Tuerck said the plan was "definitely financially benefi- : cial" for the employees and for the district. Portola High principal hea, s to Quincy elementaries Debra Moore each and every one of you, adding that her parents and Portola, warren served as the interested community mem- Nebraska as a high school' Staff Writer and treasure the memories brother live there. Warren Greenville Elementary bers to contact her. "We are principal, and Dr. Gary Steb=:: dmoore@plumasnews.com that I have of such a wonder- and her own family currently School principal so she has going to have a community bins, principalofTaylorsvflle fulplace." live in Portola, but hope to re- elementary school experi- panel and a school panel and and Greenville elementary The woman who signed During an interview follow- locate before her children en- ence and knows many of the we definitely welcome people schools. All of the principal everything with "It's a great ing her announcement, War- ter elementary school, teachers in Quincy. She 'said to join," she said. positions in Indian Valley are day to be a tiger!" will soon ren said that the reaction While at Portola High she has received some emails, listed as "to be determined" be saying, "It's a great day to around school has been mixed School, Warren oversaw the from teachers who are excit- Other principals in Harris' memo. be an eagle and a cougar!" as -- she will be missed, but peo- consolidation of Feather Riv- ed that she is coming to the According to a memo from Sally McGow'an and Scott she makes the transition ple are happy that she has this er Middle School and the community. She plans to Superintendent Glenn Harris Cory will remain in Chester, from Portola High School opportunity, ln addition to her high school. She could face a work with Bruce Williams dated April 19, most princi- at the elementary and high principal to her new role at role as principal of the ele- similar challenge next year if and Terry Oestreich, the cur- pals in the district will stay school, respectively. Pioneer and Quincy elemen- mentary schools, she will the school board votes to con- rent Quincy principals, to en- in their current assignment Dr. Sue Segura returns as tary schools, oversee the technology depart- solidate the two Quincy ele- sure a smooth transition, for the 2012-13 school year. Quincy High School's princi- Kristy Warren sent a letter ment for the district, mentary schools. When asked As for Portola High School, Other than Warren, the on- pal, and Edeltraud Marquette to parents and community Warren is not new to Quin- if she had a preference for Warren said she will be in- ly exceptions are Greenville retains her positionas princi- members April 19 to tellthem cy. 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