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Town Talk 8-21-10

School staff retires,

savings expected

WARRENSBURG - Several pending retirements, approved Aug. 9 by the Warrensburg Central School Board are likely to accomplish two aims - benefit the retirees while offering savings to taxpayers, school officials said.

The following retirement notices were accepted by the board: School District Treasurer Valerie Smith has opted to take the board's offer of an early retirement, effective Aug. 7, based on an enhanced state-sponsored incentive. Retirements were also approved for business office secretary Hilda Vroman effective Aug. 31, head mechanic Dana Robichaud effective Aug. 27, and elementary teacher Trudi Egan effective July 15. The board also rescinded prior retirements for three teachers under the standard retirement arrangement and approved their retirement under the state option, for Robert Brown, Nancy Hill, Gerald Howe. The dual action allowed the three teachers to be credited with three additional years of service which boosts their retirement income, WCS superintendent of schools Tim Lawson said Monday.

The positions of Valerie Smith and Hilda Vroman will be filled as administrative assistant positions and will be filled from Warren County's civil service list of eligible applicants, he said. The salaries or Smith and Vroman's replacements will be in the $30,000 range, a decrease of about half from the current $60,000 range. The teaching positions of Howe, Hill and Brown will not be filled, Lawson said, and their duties reassigned to other teachers. Egan's teaching position will be replaced for the 2010-2011 school year. Jennifer Nissan and Janet Cousineau were both hired to fill elementary teacher assistant posts as of Sept. 1.

Robichaud's duties in supervising the school's transportation will be reassigned within the bus garage staff, reaping a savings of 10,000 to $12,000, Lawson said.

Total savings to the taxpayers on the personnel changes represent more than $80,000 in salaries, officials said.

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