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The District 65 School Board met in closed session on July 6 to discuss compensation of employees and potential litigation, among other stated purposes.

Approximately 15 teachers who retired in 2005 and 2006 were present at the start of the meeting, hoping to find out how the Board intended to address a possible reduction in their pension benefits which they blame on the District.

 Many teachers who retired in 2005 and 2006 have been told by the Teacher Retirement System to refund by July 20 “overpayments” made in the last four years due to extra sick days having been given by District 65 as service credit to teachers willing to accept early retirement.

Board’s secretary Pat Markham said the Board expected to meet for about three hours on July 6 and that it would not take any action when it reconvened into public session for the purpose of adjourning.

Several teachers told the RoundTable they needed to know how the Board would address the issue before July 20. In the accompanying photo, some of the retired teachers met at the administration building after the Board went into closed session.