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ELC numbers continue to decline

Enrollment down 100 students over past two years

October 17, 2018
David Swartz - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

The Estherville Lincoln Central School Board heard the certified enrollment for the current school year and the news was expected-not good.

ELC superintendent Tara Paul said the school district had 53 fewer students for the 2018-19 school year than it did in 2017-18. Combined with the decline in enrollment from the previous year, ELC has about 100 fewer students in just the last two years.

Part of that decline is graduating larger classes than are coming in at the elementary level with others moving out of the district.With fewer students that means less money from the state.

Paul said school officials are looking what they can change.

"The budget is tighten up, we'll look at what we can do," she said.

The board took action on approving an early retirement package that will be offered.

Paul said 28 employees would be eligible, but she only expects a handful to accept take advantage of the package.

She said an early retirement is offered for a couple of reasons:

n Provides financial advantages for those persons who are near a personal decision to retire.

n Enables necessary staffing modification to take place without disrupting careers of those who do not wish to leave the classroom.

n Provides an orderly means for employees to initiate retirement.

n This rewards employees for satisfactory service to the District.

n Facilitates a continuing blend of experienced and less-experienced staff members.

n Facilitates a general fund cost savings to the District.

To be eligible, an employee must have completed a minimum of seven years of continuous service to ELC and must be at least 55 on or before June 30, 2019.

Employees who choose to retire may elect the following Early Retirement Benefit: One half of the employee's current salary, which does not include any other monies the employee may receive such as extra duty increments or supplemental pay contracts. Retirees may elect to purchase health insurance under the district's plan until the employee is Medicare eligible.



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