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3 teachers take retirement incentives

District will only refill 1 position

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Three teachers at Marion schools have accepted incentives from the school district, retiring effective at the end of the school year.

The school board accepted high school choir teacher Tim Cassidy, industrial arts teacher Roger Schwab, and elementary school Title I teacher Cindy Vinduska’s resignations at a special meeting last week after meeting in closed session for 10 minutes.

The district will not refill Schwab or Vinduska’s positions, Superintendent Lee Leiker said after the meeting. Schwab’s position will be merged with Lucas King’s position. Leiker said that will result in changes to the construction technology program, but the program will be kept.

The staff reduction will leave Marion Elementary School with one Title I teacher. Title I teachers provide additional, intensive instruction in reading and math for students who need extra help.

Leiker said the district will seek to refill the choir position.

At its normal March meeting, the board offered retirement incentives of $200 a month for a single health insurance plan or $300 for a family plan, as well as a $1,000 one-time cash incentive, provided a teacher gave the district notice by 4 p.m. March 25.

Family and consumer sciences teacher Myrta Billings had previously given the district notice of her retirement. At the regular March board meeting, Leiker said the district would try to find a half-time FACS teacher.

Last modified April 3, 2014