The Belmond-Klemme school board will increase the early retirement incentive to $10,000 starting in January 2023. The new incentive, which was approved Dec. 16, will be in effect through June 2025.

  Currently, eligible employees who agree to an early retirement receive $5,000. Early retirement is offered to anyone who will turn 55 prior to the start of the school year, has worked at B-K for at least seven years, and applies for the incentive by Jan. 10.

  The board also approved the transfer of Scott Meyer to activities driver/bus barn helper. Meyer, who was hired as an aide last month, replaces Dennis Dippel, who died earlier this month.

  Three new aides were also hired: Emily Schon, Kami Heideman and Delores Montez. Montez was hired to work as an additional aide in the English Language Learners program. The resignation of Jessica McFall, an aide in the elementary school, was also approved. It was also announced that Janyne Lowenberg, who is an aide at Jacobson, would retire in June.

  The board also approved a three-year contract with Employee & Family Resources of Des Moines to provide assistance to all employees and their family members. Business Manager Theresa Greenfield said the new program could provide “significant impact” and the services offered include consulting on mental health and legal issues, substance abuse problems, financial assistance, and recovering from identity theft. “This program can really help take care of the whole person,” she said.

  The cost will be $3,067.20 annually.

  In other business, the board....  read the entire story and much more in the Belmond Independent. Call today and order an on-line or on-paper subscription.