MONON, Ind. (WLFI) – About 20 percent of the teaching staff at North White School Corporation are retiring at the end of the school year leaving behind more than 300 years of combined experience.
Third-grade teacher Brenda Krug said she’ll miss seeing students have that “aha” moment.
“I love seeing when their little eyes light up and they’ve got it,” Krug said. “They’ve finally got that concept that you were trying to teach. The little light bulb comes on.”
Superintendent Nick Eccles said about 55 teachers work in the corporation. With 11 retiring that’s about one-fifth of the corporation’s staff leaving.
“We probably would have gotten three, maybe four retirements. But with the changes, I believe that’s what really pushed some of these people over the edge to go ahead and retire,” Eccles said.
Eccles said if the teachers stayed on, the statewide cuts to pensions would result in a significant loss of money for the teachers. He said all the of teachers retiring this year received a $30,000 buyout from the school corporation.
“Some said they would be losing a substantial amount monthly off of their retirement and that it made no sense whatsoever for them to do that,” Eccles said.
“With my age, being the right age, and the buyout — those were incentives. And then also with the state changing how they are doing the pensions, it was a good time for me to retire,” Krug said.
“When you’ve worked hard for your money, and you see it being kind of dictated by somebody else,” fourth-grade teacher Mark Reynolds said. “That was one of three or four things that, obviously, made it time — that it’s time to change.”
Krug and Reynolds said they’ve enjoyed their teaching careers and are ready for the next chapter in their lives.
“The last, probably, 30 years I’ve done junior high and assisted with varsity football, and so I’ll reapply for that,” Reynolds said.
“To spend more time with my children and my grandchild. Those are my big plans,” Krug said.
Eccles said about four of the positions have been filled, leaving seven teaching jobs still open.