School district, teachers agree on retirement incentive
April 29, 2009
TRUCKEE/TAHOE “- School district administrators and teachers association leaders reported Wednesday evening that they had reached a settlement regarding a retirement incentive that could save eight teacher positions.
The negotiations between the Tahoe Truckee Education Association and Tahoe Truckee Unified School District also resulted in the cancellation of layoff hearings, which they said would allow teachers to spend more time in the classroom this year. The district said earlier this week that 42 full-time positions needed to be eliminated to make up for a $4 million budget deficit.
According to a joint release from the district and the association: “The original agreement did not generate sufficient interest in the time allotted, to implement the incentive. The expanded retirement incentive already has garnered more interest and increases the number of veteran teachers who can retire from the District, thereby saving the jobs of newer teachers. … Over the past several days the District and TTEA representatives have made great progress in finalizing the last steps in the layoff process.- The opportunity to take advantage of the retirement incentive remains open until May 29 and the process of rescinding layoffs will continue through the end of June. “
Additional specifics of the retirement incentive were not made available Wednesday night.
Download the complete release titled “District Announcement.doc” on this story.
Also, this story will be updated Thursday with additional comment from district and teacher representatives.