COVID taught school districts a tough lesson about the labor market

Mary Noone had not planned to retire from teaching science at Pottsgrove High School in March 2021, but then came COVID.

Noone, who taught biology, applied sciences and anatomy since 1999, got into teaching late in life, so she had not intended to go a full 30 years in education. But she had hoped to make it to 2022.

That is when a new teaching contract is to be negotiated and retirement incentives are likely to be offered by the district in an effort to reduce payroll by replacing higher-paid teachers with newer, lower-paid ones.

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