Rome City School District offers retirement incentive to teachers

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The Rome City School District is offering teachers a one-time $20,000-bonus to retire in an effort to close the budget gap and save jobs.

The school board president says 40 retirements could save 20 jobs.

"We're talking 60 teachers who received layoff notices on Monday," said Superintendent Jeff Simons. "We are hoping that through a retirement incentive  that we offered through the Rome Teachers Association that we will reduce the layoffs before the board approves the tentative budget April 22."

Even with the incentive, 20 to 30 positions will still be cut. The exact positions that are being cut will be released Thursday. Friday is the deadline for teachers to notify the district in writing of their intentions to retire.


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