|Ms. Simonick in the center observing the|
Doctor Jetter rally May 2014
See Through NY reports that Ms. Simonick receives an annual New York State Public Employees pension of $46,433 as result of her several decades of service to former notable school administrators Ed Osborne, Donald Ogilve, and Peter Roswell, to mention a few.
In an effort to bring Ms. Simonick back after retirement the Hamburg Central School District applied for a waiver to the NYS Public Employees Retirement System in 2010, which would permit Ms. Simonick to work in Hamburg at an earning rate higher than what the system limits a person collecting a pension. The various state retirement systems set earnings limits for those collecting a pension to avoid what is commonly referred to as "double dipping". In 2010, the NYS Public Employees pension disapproved the application (aka rejected) Hamburg's application, which means Ms. Simonick would have to abide by the set annual earnings limit if she continued to collect her pension of $46,433.
The waiver process requires the public employer, in this case Hamburg, to demonstrate that the retiree in question, Lorraine, has a set of skills, which no one else has, that uniquely qualify her for the position.
Again, the District's application was rejected. Again, Ms. Simonick collects a $46,433 annual pension. Concerned is not sure why it was rejected, but can only guess that human resource/personnel qualified workers are as plentiful as grains of sand on the beach.
So, here comes the strangely sweet part of the story, Ms. Simonick is retired, collecting her $46,433 yearly pension, and is working as a part-time .6 Human Resource Office Manager. In an agreement entered into on or about July 1, 2014 (during the Jetter years), the Hamburg School Board approved a two year contract with Ms. Simonick. Nice work if you can get it.
In year one, the part-time .6 Human Resource Office Manager earned $41,500 through June 30, 2015 and from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 $42,500. In each year, a $2,300 stipend is paid for the confidential nature of the position. (One must wonder why anyone would hire someone if they needed to pay them extra to meet a minimal standard of keeping their mouth shut about employee's personal lives?) This is no criticism of Ms. Simonick. Heck who wouldn't want a deal like this?
The sweetness continues in this retiree's contract with the District. Here are some other perks of Ms. Simonicks contract:
- 20 sick days per year shall be accumulated to a total of 230 days (so if you are going to get sick, get sick on days off)
- 12 of the sick days can be used if someone in the family gets sick.
- 7 Bereavement days
- 4 Personal days
- 25 vacation days, and can accumulate up to 45 vacation days
- Upon completion of the agreement, the unused vacation days can be cashed in at her daily rate of pay.
- Participation in the health care program, which the District pays in its entirety. That's right folks, Buffalo teachers aren't the one only ones in the County getting this deal. In Hamburg, a retiree collecting a state pension is getting 100% healthcare benefits paid by the taxpayers. "The District will pay the premium cost of the Human Resource Office Managers's health insurance premiums".
- It gets better........
- The Human Resource Office Manager, (remember folks this person is retired and this a part-time job) shall be compensated at $120.00 per day for up to 100 accumulated leave days to the maximum of $12,100.00.
- So, if Lorraine decides to leave at the end of the contract, cash in her sick and vacation days to go sit on a beach and drink fuzzy navels, the first round is on her.