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Old 12-10-2019, 10:09 AM
 
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I am looking to be officially retired on October 1, 2020.

I know that is a strange date to choose, but I have a few reasons.

I was wondering what dates you all chose - were they the traditional June? Did anyone leave at an unusual time in the year?

Just curious.
Thanks - you have all been so helpful through this decision.


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Old 12-10-2019, 10:12 AM
 
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I vote you do exactly what works for you. Youíll make your colleagues jealous retiring mid-year.

I retired in June, 2 months after I turned 65. That was 3.5 years ago and it was the perfect time for me.

Good luck!
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Old 12-10-2019, 10:25 AM
 
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I retired in June, 16 days after my 63 birthday.
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Old 12-10-2019, 10:46 AM
 
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I retired in May at the end of the school year. It was also right after my birthday. We have to have 80 points. Age + number of years in the district.
58 + 22. I also got partial retirement from IL.
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Old 12-10-2019, 11:32 AM
 
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At the end of the school year... June 2019.


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re: retirement month
Old 12-10-2019, 11:45 AM
 
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Good afternoon to all-
I officially retired in June, but when I made up my mind I was leaving- it was February, I think. I was gone. I was still there in body, but mind and spirit were gone and by June, i was so far gone out of the school thing, it seemed strange that I was still showing up at school.

And now? I am getting pine sap all over my keyboard because I have been chain sawing some badly placed pine trees that were cut down today. I cut the big logs into sections and roll them out of the way, The small stuff gets cut up, and when dry, we'll have a bonfire that will be seen from Oregon- or maybe not quite that big.

But when I decided to retire, I was gone like a wild goose in winter.

good day to all- Ed
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Old 12-10-2019, 11:51 AM
 
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End of school year. June
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I finished the year...
Old 12-10-2019, 12:07 PM
 
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...and retired this past June.
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Old 12-10-2019, 12:19 PM
 
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I retired in June. It seemed like a natural ending.
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Old 12-10-2019, 12:53 PM
 
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Dec. here! I had made up my mind to retire in the next year or two, but then got switched to another grade level in which I had no materials or experience. i tried to like it, but I just wasn't into learning new curriculum. There was a student teacher in the building, so she just took over after I left. She left at the end of the year to get away from education!

I left behind the centers I made for this grade level, books that were appropriate for these kids, and lesson plans for the next month. The classroom had stuff that the previous teacher had left behind, but I did not go thru it.

I had no problems telling everyone I was leaving in Dec. I waited until the week before to tell the kids.
When we had the holiday party, it was a good way to say good bye! I collected my sick leave money in addition to my regular check, so I had extra money for Christmas that year.


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Old 12-10-2019, 01:18 PM
 
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I retired June which was the end of the school year. I had made my final decision during Christmas break and told my principal my plans in January. I then turned 58 that July.
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I retired at the end of school calendar year June 30. I know of several others at my school that retired at other times. One did in September on the day she was eligible for retirement. Others chose December and January.
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Mine was in June...
Old 12-10-2019, 01:44 PM
 
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I do know of colleagues who retired at other times of the year. it depended on when they were hired and actually started working. One of my best friends retired the end of October the year she went out. She was not placed in a classroom her last year. She did Basic Skills remediation instruction because it would affect fewer students when she was gone than if she was a classroom teacher. She still got paid the same on the guide. Enjoy planning for your retirement!
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Old 12-10-2019, 01:49 PM
 
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I retired in June just before my 59th birthday. I gave a 4 year notice of my retirement. By giving a 4 year notice, I was given a set raise for each of the 4 years and $500 for each year of service. Itís a good incentive.
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Old 12-10-2019, 01:59 PM
 
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My last official day was Jan. 1, although my final day of work was just prior to winter break. It worked out fine. I gave two months notice so my principal would have adequate time to find a replacement. She ended up hiring a long term sub who finished out the school year.
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:05 PM
 
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I left in June 2014.
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Old 12-10-2019, 02:22 PM
 
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June 3, 2016. It was the perfect time to start a new chapter in my life. Good luck to you.
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Old 12-10-2019, 03:30 PM
 
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I retired in June. I had to give one years notice to get our incentive package which included $350 for every year worked, $2,000.00 towards health care until 65, and some of my hard earned PTO. There was a formula for PTO but it amounted to almost 14,000. I rarely took sick days! I could have retired a year earlier but didn’t.

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Old 12-10-2019, 04:08 PM
 
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I retired in November and the teacher I replaced 2 years prior retired in October. Our Art Teacher retired in November too. October 1, 2020 sounds like a good day to retire.
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Old 12-10-2019, 04:40 PM
 
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I retired in Jan at the end of a semester.

My friend retired in Dec, she didnít wait until the end of the semester.

Another friend retired at the end of October.
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Do what you need to do.
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Most of us began teaching at the typical fall start date of the school year in our school district(s) so we usually finish in the spring of the year. Typically this is due to the requrements of the retirement systems in our states. Seems as if you may not fit into this category, so you may need to adjust the timeline to suit your situation. Check how the difference in income will affect your tax situation at the end of the year before you make your final desision? We got paid for stored sick leave we had accumulated so if we just took that pay as a lump sum it would affect our income tax liability(ies?), for instance.
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Old 12-10-2019, 06:08 PM
 
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I retired at the end of June.
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Old 12-10-2019, 07:45 PM
 
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I retired in June. In our corporation nobody retires until the school year is over. If you have health issues they might make an exception.
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Old 12-10-2019, 08:42 PM
 
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Three years ago, my official retirement date was Dec. 31, but my last working day was the day before Winter Break. It was also the end of the first semester.
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I went out for surgery and had planned to return May 1st and finish the year. Doctor would not clear me. At the time I was livid but looking back, the doctor did me a favor. Private school with only a week of sick pay. I wrote a week of detailed sub-plans and left my overall map for the year. No pay-no plans.
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re: retirement and end of career pay outs
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Good morning to all-
this is a very interesting topic- thanks to the starter of it.
i am particularly interested in hearing about the benefits that some of you received when you retired.
When my wife and I retired- a year apart- I went first- we received...nothing.
No pay for unused sick days, no pay for years served. Unused sick days were just lost. We both walked away from more than a year's worth of sick days. We couldn't even donate them to the teacher's sick bank.
Our only retirement benefit was the continuation of being on the state health insurance program, but we had to pay for that out of pocket.

Even so, I feel the gain from being retired is worth the poor "reward" retiring teachers receive from our district.

good day to all- Ed
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Old 12-11-2019, 06:59 AM
 
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I retired in June. It was supposed to be the end of May, but we kept having to add snow days. I thought that year was never going to end.
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Old 12-11-2019, 10:48 AM
 
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July 1st when my contract ended
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Old 12-11-2019, 03:29 PM
 
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End of school year, 2018.

That is most common in my district; although one of my colleagues retired Oct. 1, the exact month her age and years of service allowed her to use the rule of 90. She had been a classroom teacher, and actually wasn't assigned a classroom at the beginning of the fall. She was used as a building sub until that date.
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Old 12-15-2019, 08:44 AM
 
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I was eligible to retire in the spring but I didn't retire until the end of the school year in June. For me it just seem like a true "ending" unless the school year was finished.
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I retired September 30, 2018 along with another teacher. I needed to get to my 60th birthday in September to increase the age multiplier for my pension calculation. I had already completed the 30 years to qualify for a substantial early retirement percentage bonus on June 2018.

I had a happy and successful career, but I was done with it. I left some money on the table, but the stress was affecting my health. I informed the school system early so they would not be left scrambling for a new teacher the second month of school. They appreciated my keeping them informed, so I was treated well.
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I worked through the last day of the school year but my official retirement date was July 31 due to my birthday. It was no secret to anyone all year that I was retiring at the end of the year. It was a fabulous last year with wonderful students and my great teammates.
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