Do Lawrence teachers get paid for unused sick time when they retire? Does it accumulate over the years?
Yes, and that’s according to the master agreement negotiated by the Lawrence school district and the Lawrence Education Association, said David Cunningham, the district’s director of legal services, human resources and policy. “Professional employees (teachers) resigning or retiring shall be reimbursed for all unused and accumulated illness leave based on their years of service,” Cunningham said. “Teachers with 20-plus years of service are reimbursed at the rate of $25 a day; with 10 but less than 20 years of service, $10 a day; and with five but less than 10 years of service, $5 a day.” The master agreement may be found on the district’s website, USD497.org.