CHETOPA — Chetopa-St. Paul USD 505 Board of Education Monday approved an early retirement incentive for its teachers, similar to the one offered in 2017-2018 school year.

Superintendent Craig Bagshaw said Wednesday the incentive is extending an offering of insurance to KPERS-eligible retired employees, so it pays their single insurance coverage for five years until they get to Social Security or age 65, whatever comes first.

“They reach their 85 points for retiring, or even a few extra years in there, but there is always that time frame where they can’t retire because of the insurance cost,” Bagshaw said. “So we have teachers that have worked here for 40 years, so they are worthy of something. We have very little in regards to a retirement package or incentive.

“We’re just trying to take care of those career teachers that are in our district.”

In other business, the board:

— Heard there might be more grant opportunities through Neosho and Labette County for reimbursement of COVID-19 costs.

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