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Board approves retirement incentives

The Akron Central School District is offering a retirement incentive to members of the Akron Faculty Association.

Superintendent Robin Zymroz said the offer, open to those 55 and older with 20 years of service in the district, is $10,000 a year for five years. The money would be placed in a tax-sheltered retirement program known as a 403(b) plan.

Those interested must submit an irrevocable letter of intent to accept the offer by March 1. The Board of Education approved the incentive Wednesday.

The board also approved another change order for the capital project involving one of seven rooftop heating units. Zymroz said the total maximum cost is estimated at $16,322, which Wendel Duchscherer, project architects, believes should "be shared" with the contractor. The division of that bill will be negotiated, she said.

Revisions are needed in the unit's duct work and dampers, and a power exhaust fan needs to be replaced.

For some reason, Zymroz said, the design of this unit differs from that of the other six.

"How that happened" is under discussion, "but we have to fix it now," Zymroz said.

The board also learned from Cynthia Tretter, business administrator/treasurer, that costs of health insurance through BlueCross BlueShield will rise 3.9 percent.

She thanked the Faculty Association "for allowing us to shop the rates" and attributed the low increase to competition among providers.

Tretter also told the board that Brad Stahlka of the EMS Group, which handles the district's group health insurance, volunteered to "take a break on his fee," which also helped the district.

The board also approved hiring Lumsden & McCormick as the district's external auditor.

Under a five-year contract, the firm will be paid $14,900 this year, $15,750 next year, $16,250 in 2013 and $17,000 in 2014 and 2015.

Next month's regular meetings will change to the first and third Wednesdays because of the midwinter recess.

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