The Canyons Board of Education has approved an employee-friendly variance to Canyons District policy that may open up positions for current teachers while providing a health-care bridge for close-to-retirement employees. Employees who provide notification of retirement prior to Dec. 3, 2012 will have the option to have their COBRA premium paid by the District for a period of one year, and then access to COBRA as per District Policy or a $6,000 stipend for Licensed and Administrative employees or a $4,500 stipend for ESP employees.
Employees who provide notification of retirement after Dec. 3, 2012, will receive the following stipend or penalty
- Jan. 22, 2013 — $500 stipend
- Feb. 20, 2013 — $250 stipend
- March 20, 2013 — $500 fine
To receive the “Early Retirement Notification Incentive,” the employee must complete the 2012-2013 contract year, retire simultaneously through URS and provide notification to the District prior to the dates listed above.
- To some extent, everyone will feel the impacts. While your job may not change, the grades in your school will change, which will be a culture shift for the school community.
- Indeed, some teachers will be transferred. That’s because the number of staff required at each school will change when the new configuration is put into place, graduation requirements will change (one-half fewer credits in Social Studies, which is still more than the state requires), and Corner Canyon High School opens and boundaries change.
- If you are an elementary teacher who transfers to a middle school, you may teach sixth-graders in one or more areas of emphasis (i.e. English language arts, math, science, or social studies) — but must earn an endorsement if you want to teach seventh- or eighth-grades. The State Approved Endorsement Plan (SAEP) allows teachers two years to complete the required coursework and Praxis test to earn an endorsement. A teacher must have a minimum of nine semester hours in the content area to be placed on an SAEP.
- Current elementary teachers who transfer to a middle school will teach one or two core subject areas with a scheduled preparation period. Elementary teachers applying to transfer to the middle school will be given an opportunity to specify their core subject preferences and interview for corresponding positions.
- Teachers with a secondary license can teach sixth grade. However, to best support employees, Canyons elementary school teachers will be the first hired to teach sixth-grade core subject areas in fall 2013.
The Early Retirement Notification Incentive is determined by the employee’s FTE and Insurance Benefit plan for the 2012-13 contract year Examples:
- If an employee is .5 FTE they would qualify for .5 of the Early Retirement Notification Incentive. (i.e. $3,000 for Licensed/$2,250 for ESP employees or 50% COBRA premium)
- COBRA coverage will be determined by the employee’s current benefit plan. (i.e. Family Coverage will remain Family Coverage.)