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Dale Swanson to retire as HHS math teacher

During a special meeting last week the Hancock School Board approved a resolution that would create an Early Retirement Incentive program for teachers. The approval of the Early Retirement Incentive was followed by the acceptance of a resignation from Hancock High School math teacher Dale Swanson.

After a closed session to discuss the resolution, the board adopted the following policy for early retirement:

• Teachers, contracted for the 2009-2010 school year, who are a minimum of 55 years of age at the time of resignation and have a minimum of 15 years of service to the district, shall receive the early retirement incentive.

• Teachers who submit a resignation by April 30, 2010 shall receive the full severance package as defined in the master Agreement.

• The district shall waive the Master Agreement provision limiting the number of personal days used per year. Teachers under the Early Retirement Incentive will be permitted to use all accumulated personal leave days during the 2009-2010 school year.

• The district will pay eligible teachers a pro-rated (monthly) portion of the normal yearly health insurance contribution for a single policy through Dec. 31, 2011.

• The district will provide the opportunity, at district expense, for the eligible employee to attend no more than two re-licensure workshops prior to Jan. 1, 2011.

• The district will make any necessary payment, up to $7,000 to the Minnesota State Retirement System to buy back service time, if it is available in order for the teacher to reach the Rule of 90.

The incentive will expire on June 30, 2010.

The district will now be seeking applications for a math teacher to fill the position vacated by Swanson.