A retirement incentive offered to eligible employees of Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) has found favor with 37 individuals, system officials reported. According to personnel reports submitted by CCPS’ Human Resources Department and accepted by the Calvert County Board of Education (BOE) at their Thursday, Jan. 9 meeting, the employees opting for retirement, effective July 1, include 15 teachers, two principals, two vice principals and 14 classified employees, including five instructional assistants.

Between Dec. and Jan. 6 eligible employees were offered a one-time payment equal to 7 percent of his or her fiscal year (FY) 2014 salary plus 100 percent payment of health insurance benefits for one year in exchange for the commitment to retire at the end of the current school year. The package was offered as part of CCPS’ budget-cutting strategy.

In a report submitted to the BOE in December, CCPS’ Human Resources Department Acting Director Dr. Victoria Karol indicated the school system was having great success at hiring “highly qualified teachers” in addition to first-year educators. The department is planning to conduct recruitment sessions in March and April in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Washington, DC.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com