PELLA — Some employees of the Pella Community School District have a new retirement plan to look forward to in the future.

The Pella School Board approved an early retirement plan eligible for both certified and non-certified employees. Amongst other requirements for the plan, employees need to be at least 55-years-old on or before the actual date of their retirement.

They also need to have worked a minimum of 10 continuous years at the School District and are actively employed during the last fiscal year prior to their retirement.

Certified employees who retire will receive single health insurance paid by the District until they turn 65. Employees can also continue their current health insurance coverage for family members.

Retirees will also receive payment from their unused sick days, which will amount to $20 per unused sick leave day, capping it to 120 days.

Eligible employees will need to submit a completed application and notify the Superintendent by Jan. 3, 2022.

According to the list, 34 certified employees and 22 non-certified employees are eligible for the early retirement plan.

The board also reviewed enrollment numbers for the current academic year. For the 2021-2022 school year, the school district received 222 more students while 59 enrolled out.

Superintendent Greb Ebeling highlighted the high number of students associated with homeschooling while discussing the enrollment number.

More specifically, 22 students transferred from homeschooling while 16 students enrolled out of the district for homeschooling.

The board set a public hearing for Nov. 22 to look over the school calendar next year.

The next Pella School Board meeting will be on Nov. 8, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Sarah Stortz can be reached at sstortz@oskyherald.com. Follow her on Twitter @sarah__stortz.

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