School district teacher hirings on hold

The Marshalltown Community School District has plenty of teacher retirements this spring, but not any openings listed to fill them yet.

Lisa Koester, director of human resources with the district, said they are on hold as they wait to see what funds will be available for school districts from the state lawmakers through allowable growth and for the school budget to be set.

“We’re just kind of in limbo,” Koester said. “Every school district is in the same position that we are in.”

What compounds the issue this year is that so many teachers are retiring at the end of the current school year due to the early retirement incentive being discontinued for 2014.

The school district discontinued the incentive of paying for health insurance after retirement to actually encourage more retirement this year due to budget concerns. It has led to 26 teachers taking the early retirement incentive at the end of this school year.

How many of those teachers are replaced will depend on what funding the district gets from the state and the district’s budget.

“Until we know more about our budget, I don’t think we can say which ones we are going to replace,” Koester said.

One of the openings that the school district is moving forward in replacing is Bea Niblock, who is retiring as principal of Anson Elementary School after this school year. Koester said a committee is meeting Friday to look at what qualities they are looking for in a candidate and the applications for principal.

The district is also moving forward to fill two other administrator openings – the athletic director and the foodservice director positions.