Shawnee Mission offers early retirement incentive to administrators; same package as teachers

Administrators in the Shawnee Mission School District will get the same shot at taking an early retirement incentive as the district’s teachers.

The Shawnee Mission district's Administration Center.
The Shawnee Mission district’s Administration Center.

In a special meeting this week, the board approved a similar plan for those with an administrative contract or in a supervisory role that requires licensing or certification. To be eligible to take advantage of the incentive, the employees must have at least 10 years of service with Shawnee Mission and must be eligible to retire under the state public employees retirement plan (KPERS). They must make an irrevocable decision by Feb. 9 and cannot be rehired by the district, although they would be eligible to substitute teach.

The incentive is equal to 60 percent of the current base salary, paid out in five annual installments beginning this September with no survivor benefit. The offer is a one-time opportunity.

About 20 members of the Shawnee Mission staff qualify for the new offer, according to the district. KPERS eligibility requires a minimum of one year of service at age 65; 10 years at age 62 or anytime age and service added together equal 85.

Earlier this year, the board and the teacher bargaining unit reached agreement on a proposal for teachers with essentially identical criteria. About 300 district teachers qualify for that option. Depending on the number of employees who take the option, the district could see considerable budget savings by hiring replacements at a lower rung on the salary schedule.