Utica teachers offered incentives to retire


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Schools Superintendent James Willis says he is proposing cutting three administrative positions to offset the hiring cost of two future Assistant Superintendents and making the Tech Director full time.

Willis says the three positions he is posing be cut are the Director of Fine Arts, the Director Of Special Projects, and the Director Of Early Childhood Education.

The proposal was originally scheduled to be discussed at Tuesday's board meeting, however because of what he is calling "misunderstandings," Willis says he will ask the board to remove the item Tuesday.

Willis says the misunderstanding is over where the savings would go. He says many people are under the impression the cuts would go into the proposed 2009-2010 budget as a savings.

The other part of the administrative proposal, Willis says, is offering every teacher in the district, who is already eligible, an a retirement incentive.

The incentive is a one time, $14,000 payment, on top of the regular retirement package that teachers are already eligible for, Willis says.

According to Willis, between 25 and 30 teachers are interested in the retirement incentive.

Willis says that unlike the proposed cuts, the savings from the teachers who do accept this offer will in fact be a savings in the 2009 - 2010 budget.

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