Nevada City school board sets boundaries in teacher retirement grievances |

Nevada City school board sets boundaries in teacher retirement grievances

Teachers looking for an incentive to retire from Nevada City School District will need that payout to constitute an overall cost savings or a neutral impact in the same year as their retirement, according to a school board decision Tuesday.

Nearly seven hours after a grievance hearing between Nevada City teachers and their administrators began, the Nevada City School Board emerged from closed session to announce that same-year stipulation, said board president Michael P. Hill-Weld, citing the fiscal challenges of public education.

The same-year savings criteria was opposed by faculty association members, who said Tuesday that numerous instances of calculating retiree savings over multiple years constitute a standard practice.

The decision will likely affect three ongoing grievance cases involving retirees awaiting incentive payouts.

Toward that end, the board also instructed staff to report back to the board on Nov. 19 with the total of the salaries, including applicable statutory or negotiated benefits, and the total costs of the replacements, of all employees retiring during the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 school years only.

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