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EDUCATION 10 Wilmington teachers take early retirement



Published: Wed, April 20, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The outgoing educators will get paid health insurance.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The Wilmington Area School District will lose a combined total of 298 years of teaching experience at the end of this school year.

It was acknowledged at Monday's monthly meeting that 10 teachers would retire June 10.

The district offered an early retirement incentive to all teachers with 20 years of district service and 20 years of service with the Pennsylvania Retirement System.

The incentive allows the teachers to retire with health benefits.

Special account

The district's teacher contracts do not provide paid health benefits after retirement. Under the incentive, the teachers may draw from a special account and apply it to health and dental benefits, until the funding is depleted. The board didn't say how much money was put into the account.

Superintendent Dr. C. Joyce Nicksick said the number of teachers who took the offer was higher than she anticipated when the incentive plan was announced in February.

"We will be losing some good teachers as well as good people who have served the district well. We thank them," Nicksick said.

The following teachers accepted the early retirement incentive: Michael Janovick, Raymond Cebula, Donald Babisch, Robert Cooper, Merrianne Masson, Frank Binkley, James Grunenwald, Martha McIlvaine, Cynthia Magyary and Jeanne Wushinske.

The board also announced that the high school choir and band will participate in the state band and choral festival this week in Hershey.

Greg Moose, Chris Stone and Brian Taylor will be representing the band. James Cochran and Carly McNeely were selected to represent the choir. To participate in the state level the students must audition after winning the regional division.

The board also honored Nathan Behm and Rachel Cramer for advancing to the regional level in band while Craig Peffer, Kim Gruber and Wesley Clapper were honored for advancing to the regionals in choir.

The students are led by choral director Karen Latta and band director Gary Taylor, the father of Brian Taylor, one of the band students.




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