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158 CUSD Teachers Enticed to Retire

Departure rate skyrockets after financial incentive is offered. The plan could save the school district $893,450 the first year.

 officials have offered teachers a financial incentive to retire, and 158 have taken them up on the deal.

By comparison, only 26 teachers retired at the end of the 2010-11 year.

In January, the by offering a five-year fixed annuity that would pay them 85 percent of their current salary over the course of five years, according to a staff report considered at that meeting.

  • Is your teacher retiring? See the attached PDF for a list of those who are.

Savings would come if the teachers are replaced by younger counterparts who earn less, staff told trustees. At the January meeting, the trustees said they didn't have to go through with the plan if it didn't save at least $600,000 the first year.

With the 158 teachers on board to retire, staff estimates the district will realize $893,450 the first year and $2.86 million over the course of five years, states a new staff report the trustees will hear Wednesday.

Those figures are based on 17 of the positions not being filled, according to the staff report. If all of the teachers are replaced, the plan would actually cost the district money.

On the other hand, if none is replaced, the plan has the ability to save the district $10.1 million the first year and $51.8 million by Year Five.

Capistrano Unified is facing a severe financial crisis, and staff has determined and maybe as much as $51 million in a worst-case scenario.

Ultimately, how many teachers get cut and how large class sizes grow will be determined when the district negotiates with the teachers' union, Capistrano Unified Education Association

Earlier this month, the trustees who work the equivalent of 399 full-time positions. The notices give the district flexibility in figuring out how best to cut the 2012-13 budget, officials have said.

"CUEA is hopeful that the supplementary retirement incentive will be successful and that this opens up positions for laid off/temporary employees to fill," wrote CUEA Executive Director Christine Balentine in a March 6 letter to teachers who were put on notice they may not be back.

For most of the positions that open up, replacement teachers are available, according to the staff report for Wednesday's meeting. The only jobs that could not be replaced by teachers on the lay-off list are home economics teachers, one physical education teacher, one world language teacher and two speech pathologists.

  SUBJECT AREA     RETIREES     EXISTING EMPLOYEES TO FILL THE         SLOT    Art  2  13  Business  1  6  Counselor  1  6  Elementary  63  64  English  12  47  Home Economics   6  0  Math  1  47  Music  5  23  Physical Education   13  12  Science - Life  11  15  Science - Physical  1  7  Social Science   10  26  World Language  9  8  Pyschologist  4  10  Spec Ed- Early  Education  1  4  Spec Ed -  Mild/Moderate  12  35  Spec Ed - Mod/Severe  2  12  Speech Language  Pathologist  3  1
emily April 06, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Where's the PDF?
emily April 06, 2012 at 02:55 AM
where is it?
Penny Arévalo April 06, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I took it down because it had birth dates as well as names, and that seemed too tempting to potential identity thieves. If I get a chance, I'll redact the birthdays and re-post.
SMT May 02, 2012 at 06:50 PM
It's unfortunate that, thanks to the teachers Union the only way the school district can save money is to pay teachers to retire. If more of the public school budget went to paying for current teachers salaries, and educational programs instead of funding the Union backed Ponzi scheme known as cAlsters maybe we could afford to keep some of the those teachers.
Penny Arévalo May 02, 2012 at 07:34 PM
The PDF is back, btw.

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