Code No. 407.3
LICENSED EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT
Licensed employees who will complete their current contract with the board may apply for retirement. No licensed employee will be required to retire at a specific age.
Application for retirement will be considered made when the licensed employee states in writing to the superintendent, no later than the date set by the board for the return of the employee's contract to the board, the intent of the employee to retire. The letter must state the employee's desire to retire and be witnessed by another party other than the principal or the superintendent. Applications made after the date set by the board for the return of the employee's contract to the board may be considered by the board if special circumstances exist. It is within the discretion of the board to determine whether special circumstances exist.
Board action to approve a licensed employee's application for retirement are final and such action constitutes nonrenewal of the employee's contract for the next school year.
Licensed employees who retire under this policy may qualify for retirement benefits through the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System.
Licensed employees and their spouse and dependents are allowed to continue coverage in the school district's group health insurance program at their own expense by meeting the requirements of the insurer.
NOTE: Mandatory retirement ages are a violation of federal law. The witnessing of the retiring employee’s letter is to protect the school district in the event an employee alleges that the school district forced the employee to retire.
Legal Reference:Iowa Code §§ 97B; 216; 279.46 (2007)
581 I.A.C. 21.
1978 Op. Att'y Gen. 247.
1974 Op. Att'y Gen. 11, 322.
Cross Reference:401.8 Recognition for Service of Employees
407.6 Voluntary Early Retirement
Reviewed: 3/25/2009, 1/23/2014