THE HENTON HEADLINES
June 23, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week
Are you Considering Retiring and Returning to work as an Interim?
Recent legislation passed and signed into law by Governor Walz on May 22, 2022, might have implications for you if you want to accept an interim position following retirement. The new legislation suspends the TRA earnings limitation for the next three fiscal years-2022, 2023, and 2024. In other words, you may be able to earn a full salary from a school district and collect your TRA and/or SPTRFA at the same time during the years specified when the earnings limitation is suspended.
As always, it is important that you first contact TRA and/or SPTRFA for more information about your particular situation before you make decisions about retiring and accepting an interim position.
The text of the bill that applies follows:
SUSPENSION OF EARNINGS LIMITATIONS FOR RETIRED TEACHERS WHO RETURN TO WORK.
Reemployed teacher defined.
For the purposes of this section, "reemployed teacher" means a person who retires under the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 354 or 354A, and who subsequently resumes teaching for a public school of the state, a charter school, or the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Reemployed teacher does not include a person who resumes teaching for a postsecondary institution, including a state college or university.
Three-year suspension of earnings limitation for teachers covered by TRA and SPTRFA.
(a) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 354.44, subdivision 5, no portion of a reemployed teacher's annuity paid under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 354, shall be deferred regardless of the amount of the salary earned from the teaching service during the preceding fiscal year. This paragraph applies only to salary earned during fiscal years 2022, 2023, and 2024 and annuity payments made during calendar years 2023, 2024, and 2025.
(b) Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes, section 354A.31, subdivision 3, no portion of a reemployed teacher's annuity paid under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 354A, shall be deferred or forfeited regardless of the amount of the salary earned from the teaching service during the preceding calendar year. This subdivision applies only to salary earned during calendar years 2022, 2023, and 2024 and annuity payments made during calendar years 2023, 2024, and 2025.
This section expires effective January 1, 2026.
This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Letter Circulating Regarding Ed-Fi and Request to MDE to Reassess the Transition Plan:
A number of superintendents have been asked to sign this letter to MDE regarding Ed-Fi for Education Reporting. Please note that MDE has already received the letter and is considering a response. At the last report about 70 school districts had signed the letter prior to its submission to MDE.
Congratulations Executive Director of Special Education Tanya Tacker!
I am happy to announce that Tanya Tacker, Executive Director of Special Education for the Rum River Special Education Cooperative, has been elected to the MASA Board seat vacated by Heidi Nistler as she makes her way to Eden Prairie. Congratulations Tanya!
Need More Information Regarding the New Data Privacy Bill?
Register here for a free virtual class on June 28. Technology Leaders who know the bill inside and out will lead the session. More information about this class can be found on the front page of this MASA update.
No Cost Urgent/Crisis Communication Resource Coming Soon to all MASA Members
The MASA Board of Directors has approved a fantastic new resource for you by contracting with the Joe Donovan Group for urgent/crisis communication support. Please watch for information to come shortly with a direct dial number that will link you to the Joe Donovan Group support staff who will respond in a timely manner when you need assistance. They will customize all communication to your situation and your district will own it. Those who have worked with this group over the years have high regard for the fast turn around, sage advice, and communication pieces the Joe Donovan Group produces.
If you use this resource, please don’t hesitate to let me know about your experience so that I can keep our MASA Board of Directors apprised of their investment.
Better Late than Never?
Last Sunday morning I realized I forgot to wish all of our members who are fathers a very Happy Father’s Day! I hope it was a good one for you!
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going” - Beverly Sills
|June 1||First Day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month
First Day of National Safety Month
|June 23-24||MASA & MASE Board of Directors Retreat | Minneapolis Marriott NW|
|June 28||MASA Master Class: Minnesota Student Data Privacy Law: Impact and Implementation | 11 am - noon | Register online|
|July 1||MASA & MASE Membership Renewal|
|July 15||MSHSL Supply Order|
|July 31||MSHSL Membership Dues|
|August 1||MDE Back to School Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW|
|August 11||MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center|
|October 1||MASA Board of Directors Meeting | Madden's on Gull Lake|
|October 2||Dale G. Jensen Golf Classic | MASA Foundation Golf Tournament | Madden's on Gull Lake|
|October 2-4||MASA Fall Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake|
|October 24||MSHSL/MASA Executive Officers Meeting|
|October 26-28||MASE Fall Leadership Conference | Madden's on Gull Lake|
|December 7||MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Quora Education Center|
|January 5||MASA Foundation Board Meeting | Quora Education Center|
|February 16-23, 2023||AASA NCE | San Antonio, TX|
|February 27||MASA/MSHSL Executive Officers Meeting|
|March 8, 2023||MASA Board of Director's Meeting | Minneapolis Marriott NW|
|March 9-10, 2023||MASA/MASE Spring Conference | Minneapolis Marriott NW|
|May 1||MASA/MSHSL Executive Officer Meeting|