The voluntary resignation program is open to any employee who has 20 or more years of service as a professional educator and at least 10 or more years of consecutive service with the local district.
In order to receive the $5,000, the resignation agreement must be received by Feb. 10, 2012. The money, which will include normal payroll deductions, will be distributed before July 28, 2012. The agreement states that any employee who accepts the package is not eligible for re-hire as a full- or part-time employee for three years, but is eligible to serve as a substitute teacher, an aide or in some other supporting role, if qualified.
Sixty-one employees are eligible for the program and it is estimated that it could save the district $331,511 next year based on 20 percent participation.
Trustee Mike Levens, a member of the district's building committee, prefaced the discussion on elementary school overcrowding by stating that demographic studies - prior to construction of the campus in 2004 - indicated a declining enrollment for years to come.
"But that's changed," said Levens.
A discussion was then held about how best to alleviate the situation by either moving one of the grades back to Stanfield Elementary, adding portable buildings or relocating some of the offices now at Stanfield to other locations or some other alternative.
"We need to be thinking about this in the coming months," said Levens.
Superintendent Dr. Randy Brown said there are pros and cons to most of the alternatives.
"This is a complicated issue all the way around, but I wanted to let you know we're looking at it," said Brown.