Thursday, July 31, 2014

Retirement change at Wellsville

By The Herald Staff | 7/12/2013

The Wellsville school board voted 7-0 Monday to inform the Wellsville Educators Association that the board approved removing the school district’s early retirement incentive from the master collective bargaining agreement.

The early retirement incentive was 15 percent of a teacher’s base salary for five years, paid by the district, Jerry Henn, Wellsville superintendent, said.

The Wellsville school board voted 7-0 Monday to inform the Wellsville Educators Association that the board approved removing the school district’s early retirement incentive from the master collective bargaining agreement.

The early retirement incentive was 15 percent of a teacher’s base salary for five years, paid by the district, Jerry Henn, Wellsville superintendent, said.

“We will have a replacement [for the incentive] within the year,” Henn said. “It will not affect anyone this year, but it could the following year.”

The board is looking at switching to matching funds that go straight into annuity, Henn said.

“It would give teachers more money in the long run,” Henn said. “It is just something we are looking at.”

The board also voted 7-0 to accept the changes to the master collective bargaining agreement as ratified by the teachers.

The biggest change was installing collaborative meetings for certified staff once a month, Henn said.

“We are going to create a situation where we have collaborative meetings once a month, eight times a year,” Henn said. “Mostly, [the meetings] will be used for curriculum review and teachers being able to work with their teams for student needs.”

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