West Fork talks tech at board meeting

The West Fork Community School Board met for their regular meeting on Monday, May 20 at the Rockwell Campus.

The meeting began with a discussion with teacher Mark Twedt about the possibility of offering early retirement incentives to teachers. These retirement incentives typically involve a cash payout or a number of years of health insurance coverage, encouraging the higher paid teachers to retire early so that they can be replaced with younger, lower cost, teachers.

"I think it's an opportunity to save some funds and get us old farts out of here," said Twedt.

West Fork has in the past offered early retirement incentives to teachers as a cost saving measure as those benefits are typically paid out of a different fund than the district's general fund. Currently West Fork is offering no such incentive and some on the board were reluctant to incentivize experienced teachers to exit the district without a financial need.

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