Incentives to retire… for a while?

On Thursday Feb 12 a list of 15 teachers who decided to take the retirement incentive was presented. That list is not final because the deadline was the same day the meeting took place.

Based on this information, out of the 15 teachers, three were already slated to retire. The rest decided to take the incentive. Most of these are making over $100,000 a year. What the package would be or the cost to us was not disclosed.

The issue that now arises is the following:

Some of these teachers will be rehired. The example given by the School Board was that (and I’ll paraphrase Ray Castellani here): “if 6 teachers out of 11 were rehired, that would be a cost savings of $300,000 to $400,000… We won’t be rehiring more than 50% of the teachers though”.

Personal comment:

Therefore IS IT a given that after deciding to take the incentive, some of the teachers will be offered a position again? At what pay rate? How does this help the taxpayers? How does this help hire and retain new blood?

This is something to think about.

Update: Mr. Castellani and I had a brief conversation on February 19th regarding this post. I was going to amend it because Ray Castellani stated he never used the word “re-hire”. However, after reviewing my notes, and those of others who were at that meeting, it was confirmed that the word “re-hire” was used several times that night. That being said, I will assume that he meant to say “hire”.

For the record, during the unveiling of the school budget on Feb 19th Ray Castellani specifically indicated that hiring new teachers would be more cost effective for the school district and it would provide opportunities to new hires.

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3 Responses

  1. I was wondering when the next tax payers meeting will be held and where?

  2. We are working on setting up a date and time in the near future. We will update the blog as soon as we have a firm date.

  3. I was wondering what happened to the Town of Marlboro comments from the “School Tax Increase Information Meeting” went. I believe The duputy Supervisor Ms. Lanzetta said there would be a minimal Town Tax increase in 2009 I think it was 14%………is that minimal?

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