QPS retirees help answer teacher shortage

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Dec. 6, 2018 12:45 pm

QUINCY -- Hiring is an ongoing job in Quincy Public Schools, which has about 1,100 employees and right at 400 teachers.

And it's a challenge with the growing nationwide teacher shortage.

Participating in a statewide competency-based education pilot program helps the district fill some teaching positions more easily -- and so does bringing back a handful of retired staff members.

"We do have retired staff members on our payroll, and I would say we're hiring more retired teachers than we have in the past simply based on the need for filling positions," QPS Personnel Director Lisa Otten said. "Our retired teachers are amazing hires for us. They know our system. They know our kids. They're competent and effective teachers. We're excited they want to come back."

When hiring retired teachers, QPS works closely with the Regional Office of Education to protect their retirement benefits, which limit the number of hours worked.

"Every situation is a little different," Otten said. "It depends if they worked in the state of Illinois or not."