Liberty schools expect to save $100K with retirements

Five workers already have taken incentive

LIBERTY — With the retirement of four certified and one classified members — and possibly more by next May — school officials are expecting to save more than $100,000 annually.

The Board of Education Monday accepted the retirement of Robert Diroll Jr., high school government teacher; Martha Street, high school German teacher; Vicky Hargreaves, seventh-grade math teacher; Toni Lynn Feret, fifth-grade language arts teacher; and Kimberly Hume, PreK-6 office aide, all effective May 31.

The board last month approved reopening the retirement incentive program for certified and classified workers in the Liberty Association of School Employees, who had until Monday to inform the board of plans to retire by May 31.

Those certified employees who provided notification by the deadline will receive an additional $250 toward the retirement incentive, which is between $8,000 and $12,500 based on number of years with the district.

The incentive for teachers to retire varies depending on experience — $10,000 for a person with 20 to 23 years; $11,500 for 24 to 27 years; and $12,500 for 28 years or more.

The incentive for non-teachers to retire ranges from $6,657 for a person with 10 years of experience; $7,291 for 10 to 14 years; and $7,925 for 20 years or more.

Superintendent Joseph Nohra said there are employees with many years of service in the district near the end of their careers who have expressed interest in retiring.

“With the employees who are retiring, there is easily over 100 years of experience in the district. They have been great employees,” Nohra said.

He said the district is expecting to save more than $100,000 annually with the retirements, although one certified position will be filled with another employee at a lesser salary.

The board Monday approved extending the retirement incentive window for classified staff members through Dec. 28, and for certified members to January.

The retirement of Barb DePasqua, seventh-grade social studies teacher, was previously approved by the board, effective May 31.

In other business, the school district received a $6,000 school safety grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office for school resource officer training. This is the first year a SRO is in the district providing additional security.

Also, the board approved creation of a special fund for the Liberty Youth Recreation and Impact Center at the old high school building off Churchill Road. Nohra said the fund is used for revenues and expenses for the center. He said the center has been used for dances and youth basketball. New basketball hoops have been installed.