The Board of Education voted unanimously recently to approve a retirement incentive program for the school district's 11 non-union, central office employees.

Three of the 11 are eligible for the incentive.

The board's Operations Committee last week reviewed the proposed incentive package, which would offer those who choose to retire either a $20,000 bonus paid over two years or 30 months of medical, dental and prescription insurance coverage.

With no debate, the board members agreed June 14 to the incentive the employees have until July 7 to accept.

Two board members, Nancy Tarascio-Latour and Alexandra Thomas, were absent for the vote.

To be eligible for the incentive, an employee's age and years of service must total 70. Those who accept the offer will not be eligible for district employment in the future.

The targeted employees are mostly department directors, managers and administrative assistants whose salaries range from about $57,500 to $100,000.

Superintendent of Schools JeanAnn Paddyfote is not part of this group, since she is under contract to the school board (see related story on this page).

This is the second retirement incentive package offered this year. The board extended an offer to the district secretaries union, which was accepted by Barbara Hallecks.

Ms. Hallecks was applauded during the meeting for her 27 years of service starting when she was a library clerk at Hill and Plain School and continued when she became the administrative secretary for the Food and Nutrition Services, which is housed at Northville School.

To date, the district has received seven other certified staff retirement requests, including Sarah Noble Intermediate principal Les Weintraub, high school assistant principal Denis Dolan and high school social studies department chairwoman Chalice Racey.

Others are Sarah Noble sixth-grade math teacher Elaine O'Connor, Sarah Noble sixth-grade social studies teacher Carol Fogel, Sarah Noble fourth-grade teacher Sheila Brooks and Sarah Noble fifth-grade teacher Alice Cherniske.

Board committee members said they consider the incentive packages a reward to longtime employees, as well as a way for the district to cut costs.