Delano Joint HSD | BP 4117.13, 4317.13 Personnel
Early Retirement Option
When it is beneficial to the district, the Governing Board may offer certificated employees the option to retire early in accordance with law.
Two Years of Service Credit Retirement Incentive
As an incentive to early retirement for certificated employees participating in the State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS), the Board may offer such employees an additional two years of service credit. (Education Code 22714, 44929)
Note: Prior to adopting this incentive, Education Code 22714 requires the Board to determine that encouraging early retirement would be in the best interest of the district and result in net savings, as specified below. In addition, Education Code 22714 requires that the County Superintendent certify to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, who then must certify to STRS, that net savings can be demonstrated.
Before taking formal action to approve this service incentive, the Board shall determine that encouraging early retirement would be in the best interest of the district due to the curtailment of services or changes in the manner in which services are performed and that the retirement will result in a net savings to the district. The Board shall demonstrate and certify to the County Superintendent of Schools that the formal action taken would result in a net savings to the district. (Education Code 22714, 44929)
Note: The following optional paragraph is consistent with the legislature's intent, as detailed in AB 1207 (Ch. 313, Statutes of 2003), that the Board consider the impact of early retirement programs on the district's ability to meet state teacher credentialing requirements and the district's ability to meet "highly qualified teacher" requirements specified in the No Child Left Behind Act (20 USC 6319).
The Board may also consider the impact of the early retirement option on the staffing needs of district schools and the ability to satisfy federal requirements for highly qualified teachers pursuant to 20 USC 6319.
(cf. 4112.24 - Teacher Qualifications Under the No Child Left Behind Act)
To be eligible for the two years of service credit option, the employee must have five or more years of service credit and must retire during a period of 60 to 120 days after the Board takes formal action to implement the option. (Education Code 22714)
22714 Service credit under STRS; additional two years
44929 Service credit under STRS; additional two years
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
6319 Highly qualified teachers
United Teacher of Los Angeles v. Los Angeles Unified School District (1994) 24 Cal.App. 4th 1510
CALIFORNIA STATE TEACHERS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM PUBLICATIONS
Retirement Incentive Program, Frequently Asked Questions
California State Teachers' Retirement System: http://www.calstrs.com
Policy DELANO JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: October 10, 2006 Delano, California