We understand that members are continuing to get inaccurate information from the district in regards to qualifying for, or being eligible for, our life time health benefits program upon retirement. Great effort was made to jointly create a letter and a process by which members could request their records to be reviewed. They were to receive something in writing about their eligibility for lifetime benefits. We understand that some of those Life SCTA Benefit Status Request Forms were responded to incorrectly. We have been asking the district to correct these inaccuracies and issue new documents to our teachers. The District is still working on this task.
We also understand that some members have been told that they must retire by July 1st, 2013, to qualify under the 10 year rule or they will have to meet the new rules. This is not correct! Once you are eligible for life time health benefits, you can retire from the district at any time after reaching the state required retirement age of 55.
In sum, there are 3 ways to qualify for life time benefits as an SCTA member in the District. They are as follows:
To have at least 15 years of consecutive service to the district by July 1, 2010 regardless of your age. You are eligible for lifetime health benefits and may retire any time after the state retirement age of 55.
If not eligible under 1, then you have until July 1, 2013 to be eligible to retire under the old rules. That is, you must have 10 years of consecutive service and be at least 55 years of age by July 1, 2013 to be eligible for life time benefits. You may retire at any time.
If not eligible under 1 or 2, you must fulfill the new requirements of:
At age 55 at least 20 consecutive years of service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
At age 56 at least 19 consecutive years of service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
At age 57 at least 18 years of consecutive service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
At age 58 at least 17 consecutive years of service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
At age 59 at least 16 years of consecutive service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
At age 60 at least 15 years of consecutive service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
We continue to work with the district to ensure that teachers get clear information regarding their life time health benefits.
We continue to work with the District to develop the criteria for the upcoming self-surplus process for this school year. Please remember that tomorrow, February 1st, is the deadline for turning in a request for self-surplus. You need have that into the District Human Resources office by 5:00 p.m..
Washington School District Election
If you, or any of your family and friends, live in the Washington School District please remember to take the time and vote for Sara Kirby-Gonzales for School Board.
On February 27th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. SCTA will host a workshop by STRS for members who would like information about their retirement. Please RSVP to email@example.com so we can have enough material for all participants. This workshop will answer most questions about the retirement process. This work shop is critical to planning for retirement.