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Hempfield teachers reject retirement incentive plan

| Sunday, May 13, 2012, 10:51 p.m.

Most of the Hempfield Area School District teachers who were eligible for a retirement incentive plan offered through the district last month have turned down the offer.

Only one of 12 teachers who qualified for the program expressed an interest, said Superintendent Dr. Wayne Doyle. Because the district wanted the participation of at least 10 teachers who had not previously announced they would retire, the plan will not be implemented.

"It has to financially make sense, and it simply did not," Doyle said.

Eligible teachers would have had their current dental, vision and life insurance premiums paid until age 65. Without the incentive, retirees have only their health insurance premiums paid until age 65.

They also would have been paid $25 for each unused sick day.

The plan was designed as a cost-saving measure aimed at replacing longtime teachers at the top of the salary scale with new hires. Teachers had until May 1 to submit their written resignations in order to participate.

Although the incentive plan failed with the teachers, the school board now is offering the same deal to secretarial and clerical employees.

Eligible employees have until May 28 to take advantage of the offer. The participation of at least five employees who have not already announced plans to retire is needed.

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