Department news and announcements

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Winter party for Special Education families
Families of children in Special Education birth-21 programs are invited to attend the December Special Education Family Group Winter Party. The Winter Party will include make-and-take craft activities, cookie decorating, games and dancing for the whole family. All ages and abilities are welcome to attend. Download the flyer and registration form.

  • Where: Bridge View School, 360 Colborne St.
  • When: Friday, December 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Registration: Families may register themselves or staff may register families by calling 651-767-3437, emailing jackie.kelly@spps.org or faxing registration forms to 651-221-1488.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, December 3. Requests for transportation and interpretation must be received by that day.

Pre-retirement planning
Human Resources is sponsoring a series of pre-retirement seminars in December 2013:

Session 1: Social security and public pension
Monday, December 16, from 4-6 p.m.
360 Colborne, Rooms A & B

Representatives from the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) and Saint Paul Teachers’ Retirement Fund Association (SPTRFA) will provide information about the public pension plans of each group. Jim Czechowicz, public affairs specialist with the Social Security Administration, will also present important information on Social Security and Medicare.

Session 2: Retire with confidence
Wednesday, December 18, from 4-6 p.m.
360 Colborne, Rooms A & B

Presented by Daniel Rickett, President of Capital Street Financial Services. Check future editions of the Bridge for details.

Session 3: Benefits at SPPS
Thursday, December 19, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
360 Colborne, Rooms A & B

Megan Jones Arko, SPPS benefits technician, will provide information on the school district’s personnel policies, retiree insurance benefits and severance program.

The seminars are open to all employees and their spouses; however, space is limited. Reservations will be taken on a first-come basis. Reserve your attendance to one or all of the seminars by emailing megan.jonesarko@spps.org before December 14. You will receive a confirmation email of your reservation. Please indicate your name, if a spouse will be attending, employee ID, title, and dates of attendance. Phone reservations will not be accepted.

Follow these steps if you are planning to retire soon:

  1. Call or visit your retirement fund association.
    1. Saint Paul Teachers’ Retirement Fund Association (SPTRFA): 651-642-2550
    2. Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA): 651-296-7460
  2. Check your bargaining agreement contract to determine if you qualify for post-retirement insurance benefits.
  3. Attend a group retirement session to enroll in the retiree insurance before the end of May 2014 (dates are listed on Human Resources website).
  4. Submit your resignation form with Saint Paul Public Schools.