Posted by long time resident, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Eric Hartwig is a devoted public servant and great educator. All of my kids had him at MA. However, he has been well compensated with salary and benefits and he now will be drawing a pension while making no contribution. He may not even be 60 years old.
The pension system was meant as a safety net, not a profit platform. The chances are very good that he will take another job while collecting our tax dollars. He should wait until he is 67 years old to retire like the governeor is recommending for state employees.
Posted by Educator, a resident of the Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley neighborhood, on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:26 pm
Educators pay into their retirement system, STRS, and are fully vested at age 62 with 30 or more years of service. Ronald Regan passed the Windfall Initiative, NOT allowing educators to receive Social Security. There is a sliding scale based on your STRS retirement amount. For example: if you have held jobs where Social Security was taken from your wages and you qualify for the full compensation, a teacher will only be allowed between $100 and $200, etc. Regan called it "Double Dipping". Even some teachers who work at a second job to supplement their income are shocked when they retire and find out they are not allowed the qualifying amount for Social Security. Teachers/educators are not in the same category as police, fire, and other state workers. Educators are also restricted to a maximum amount that you can earn once you take your public school retirement.
Posted by David Henig, a resident of the Atherton: West of Alameda neighborhood, on Dec 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm
I want to thank Eric for his many years of service to our community and to our schools. It has been a pleasure to work with him and I wish him well, regardless where his path leads him after leaving Las Lomitas. Thank you Eric.