Apr 272011

By Tammy Gray-Searles —

Continuation of a plan that allows retired employees to return to their previous positions was approved by the Joseph City School District Governing Board on April 12.

School officials had questioned whether to continue the program after learning that proposed legislation would require an estimated eight percent contribution to a state retirement plan. Board members agreed that the program was cost effective and should continue.

“It is a program that has benefit to both the employee and the district. Employees can collect their retirement, and continue to work and be productive; the district retains effective people and saves money, because we are no longer required to pay retirement costs for these positions,” a memo from Superintendent Robert Klein noted. “At least this is the way the system has operated. Current legislative proposals would attach an alternative contribution rate to all such positions.”

Board members were asked to decide whether to continue rehiring retired employees, and if so, how contributions would be funded. The board ultimately decided that employees who participate in the program will be required to pay the contribution, which is estimated at eight percent.

In other action April 12, the board:

* Approved going to bid for a district vehicle to replace a vehicle that was destroyed in a collision.

* Approved the district calendar for the 2011-12 school year.

The school year will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and end on Friday, May 25. A complete copy of the calendar is available at the district office.

* Set a budget work session for 6 o’clock tonight (April 27).

* Tabled selection of a delegate to represent the district at the Arizona School Boards Association meeting on June 17 in Phoenix.

* Approved a fundraiser request by the Softball Club.

* Approved out of state travel for a senior trip to California.

* Set a public meeting on a dating abuse policy for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. The next regular meeting is also set at that time.