News & Legislation
As school districts across the state finalize their 2017-18 budgets, there will be more personnel cuts, property tax increases and use of reserves in order to offset continuing growth of mandated expenditures consistent with findings from the annual School District Budget Survey Report, a joint initiative of the PA Association of School Administrators (PASA) and the PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO).
PASBO has been working with PSERS for the past several months to provide LEAs with guidance on hiring retirees as substitutes for both short and long-term positions. PSERS presented on this topic last month at the PASBO conference, and they recently sent an email to employers outlining the process for hiring retirees to fill short-term (positions available for a week or less) and long-term positions. Their guidance explains the process for hiring retirees as short-term substitutes, requiring LEAs to indicate that they have a process to identify non-retirees from retirees and that they provide notification of available short-term substitute positions to non-retirees first, only announcing the position and hiring retirees if no non-retiree is available. In their email, PSERS provided a template letter for LEAs to submit to PSERS for annual approval. PSERS also provided additional guidance on hiring retirees for long-term positions. PSERS will be presenting a free PASBO web forum on this topic on Monday, May 8 (mark your calendar...more details soon!), and we want to make sure they are able to answer any questions that you may have about hiring retirees.
As Pennsylvania's school districts develop their 2017-18 budgets, a look at the most recently completed fiscal year showed the continued financial deterioration of schools across the state. School districts continued to tread water financially as the cost of mandated retirement benefits, health care, special education and charter school tuition outpaced new state funding. Read the full press release here.