Natomas schools consider a resignation incentive

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 - 3:10 pm

The Natomas Unified School District board is expected to vote Wednesday night on whether the district should shell out incentive money to teachers willing to give notices of their resignations before the end of March.

Early notice from teachers intending to retire or leave the district before the next school year allows the district to send out fewer preliminary pink slips in March and final pink slips in June, according to a staff recommendation.

School districts are required to send out preliminary pink slips in the spring to any teacher who may be laid off at the end of the school year. The March deadline, however, falls well before the state has finalized its budget, so districts usually have to send out far more preliminary layoff notices in March than final notices in June.

Sending fewer pink slips improves staff morale, enables the district to keep quality recent hires and improves the efficiency of the school staffing process, according to district information.

District staff are recommending that employees who submit an "irrevocable notice of retirement" by 4 p.m. March 7 receive $2,500. If teachers submit the same notice between March 8 and March 29, they can receive $1,250.

The meeting is set for 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at district headquarters, 1931 Arena Blvd., Natomas.

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