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403.10 Retirement Staff Member


Series 400 - Staff Personnel
Retirement Staff Member                       Code No 403.10
Employees who will complete their current contract with the board may apply for retirement.  No employee will be required to retire at a specific age.
Application for retirement will be considered made when the employee states in writing to the superintendent, no later than the date set by the board for the return of the employee’s contract to the board, the intent of the employee to retire.  The letter must state the employee’s desire to retire and be witnessed by another party other than the principal or the superintendent.  Applications made after the date set by the board for the return of the employee’s contract to the board may be considered by the board if special circumstances exist.  It is within the discretion of the board to determine whether special circumstances exist.
Board action to approve an employee’s application for retirement is final and such action constitutes nonrenewal of the employee’s contract for the next school year.
Employees who retire under this policy may qualify for retirement benefits through the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System.
Employees and their spouse and dependents who have group insurance coverage through the school district may be allowed to continue coverage in the school district’s group health insurance program, at their own expense, by meeting the requirements of the insurer.
The Board of Directors shall reserve the right to re-employ retired personnel, on a year-to-year basis.
Note:  Mandatory retirement ages are a violation of federal law.  The witnessing of the retiring employee’s letter is to protect the school district in the event an employee alleges that the school district forced the employee to retire.
Adoption:  4-14-86
Review: 4-11-94  02-14-02   5-08-08  11-11-13  11-12-18
Revision: 6-12-08
Cross References:
Legal References:  Iowa Code §§ 97B; 216; 279.46 (2007).  581 I.A.C. 21.  
1978 Op. Att’y Gen. 247;  1974 Op. Att’y Gen. 11,322.