The St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees' Association
St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees Association ® , Covington, LA
Promoting the social, professional, and economic status of retired and active school employees and working in cooperation with the Louisiana Retired Teachers' Association (LRTA) and other organized groups in matters of interest to retired school employees, active school personnel, and parish and state public schools.
The St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees’ Association (STPRSEA) meets regularly throughout the year to provide opportunities for retirees from the school system to hear about the latest local and state retirement issues and to enjoy fun and fellowship with new and former friends.
Members may want to get on the LRTA Email Club membership list that offers members timely information important to retirees, by contacting LRTA at firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions to the Treen Instructional Technology Center Center, click here. For directions to Brooks Educational Center, click here.
Officers and Board members from the STPRSEA attended the recent Louisiana Retired Teachers Association (LRTA) District III held in Hammond to discuss important retiree benefit issues. Pictured with LRTA Executive Director Graig Luscombe (second from right) are (left to right) Bill Brugmann, Cathey Bell, Ida James, Marian Arrowsmith, Ramona Carlin and Karen Jenkins.
RETIRED SCHOOL EMPLOYEES HOST LEGISLATORS FORUM
The St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees’ Association (STPRSEA) President Marian Arrowsmith (second from left) welcomes State Representatives Tim Burns (left), Kevin Pearson (second from right) and Paul Hollis (right) to a recent “Meet Your Legislators” forum. Senator A. G. Crowe, second from right in the photo to the right, also addressed the organization. The event is expected to be an annual event at which legislators and STPRSEA members will discuss education and retirement issues..
New District III officers of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association (LRTA) recently installed for the coming year and pictured with LRTA Executive Director Graig Luscombe, are (left to right) Bertha Breland, Vice-President, from Washington Parish; Lazette Waterson, President, from Washington Parish; Linda Vicarro, First Vice-President, from Tangipahoa Parish; Alva Martin, Second Vice-President, from Washington Parish; Karen Jenkins, Secretary, from St. Tammany Parish; Joyce Chambers, Outgoing Treasurer standing in for Madeline Gex, Treasurer, from Tangipahoa Parish; Jack Loup, Legislative Chairperson/Liaison, from St. Tammany Parish, and Marian Arrowsmith, Assistant Legislative Chairperson, from St. Tammany Parish.
New District III LRTA Officers
Elected For Coming Year
The “Meet Your Legislators” forum took place at the Treen Technology Center in Mandeville, providing an opportunity for members and legislators to get to know each other and exchange thoughts about potential legislation regarding education and retirement issues.
Earning outstanding service awards at the recent STPRSEA luncheon meeting are association President Marian Arrowsmith (second from left), receiving the Employee of the Year award from Netria Joe, Membership Chair (left) and Ida James (second from right), receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Beverly Kiefer, past president (right).
Outstanding Members Are Recognized
Scholarship Winner Is Recognized
Lakeshore High School graduating senior Allison Steed (center) is honored with the annual STPRSEA scholarship given to an outstanding senior who plans to pursue a career in education. Allison's scholarship will be used to help defray some college tuition expenses at University of Southeastern Louisiana, where she intends to study elementary education. Attending her recognition at the May 9, 2013, STPRSEA luncheon meeting are (left to right) Allison's mother, Jennifer Steed; STPRSEA Scholarship Chairman, Tom Lusignan; Allison; STPRSEA President, Marian Arrowsmith and Allison's father, David Steed.
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School Board Adopts Resolution
Honoring Retired Employees
On July 18, the School Board held a special reception recognizing the contributions, hard work and dedication of the School System's retired employees. Dozens of retirees who had retired in the past year were invited to attend the annual reception. Entertainment was provided by one of the Talented Music Program students, and a resolution was passed by the Board at its meeting later in the evening.
Above is a photo of the group who attended the special reception.
Marian Arrowsmith, president of the St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees Association, spoke to the special School Board reception in July of 2013 about the benefits of membership in the group and the issues facing retirees. Human Resources Supervisor Brandon Clanton, seen at right, was emcee for the special event. Also in attendance were several School Board members and Superintendent W. L. "Trey" Folse, III.
Valuation report shows TRSL assets are up
Baton Rouge - The latest valuation report for the Teachers' Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) shows the retirement system's assets at $14.6 billion for fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, an increase of more $1.09 billion compared to Fiscal Year 2012.
TRSL's actuary, Shelley Johnson of Foster & Foster Actuaries and Consultants, presented the report to the TRSL Board at its October meeting.
Johnson also reported that-for the first time-payments on the state's debt owed to the retirement system were more than enough to cover the interest. Going forward, the state's payments will be relatively level, and will decrease dramatically closer to the payoff date. This is positive news for TRSL-reporting employers, including school boards, certain charter schools, colleges, and universities.
The valuation report also includes changes to the demographic makeup of the retirement system. The number of retirees rose to 71,031 in Fiscal Year 2013 from 67,657 in Fiscal Year 2012. The number of actively working and contributing TRSL members dropped two percent to 82,910.
Information in the valuation report is preliminary until it is adopted by the Public Retirement Systems' Actuarial Committee (PRSAC).
Regular Meeting Dates 2013-2014 School Year
Thursday, November 14, 2013: 10:00 a. m.; Brooks Curriculum Center; 2552 Sgt. Alfred Dr.; Slidell (641-5729)
Thursday, December 12, 2013:Christmas Party; 11:00 a.m.; Treen Technology Center; 2024 Livingston Street; Mandeville. (Members bring covered dish or dessert and may bring a door prize.)
Thursday, March 13, 2014:10:00 a. m.; Treen Technology Center; 2024 Livingston Street; Mandeville
Thursday, May 8, 2014:11:00 a. m.; Treen Technology Center; 2024 Livingston Street; Mandeville. (Members bring an appetizer dish or dessert and may bring a door prize.)
TEACHING POSITION AVAILABLE
SLU is looking for someone part time to teach education majors the math methods course for grades 1 - 5. Person needs to have been retired for 12 months. If interested, please contact Dr. Cynthia Elliott at 549-2221.
STPRSEA First Meeting of Year Held September 12
The St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees’ Association (STPRSEA)held its first meeting of the school year on September 12, 2013, at the Treen Technology Center, located at 2024 Livingston Street in Mandeville.
St. Tammany Public Schools Superintendent Trey Folse spoke to the retirees about the status of the school system, and the Nightingale Chorus, along with a special guest singer, provided musical entertainment at the meeting.
The second Thursday of September, November, December, March and May are reserved for STPRSEA meetings, including an annual Christmas party and spring luncheon.
For a one-time-only fee of $45, the STPRSEA offers a life-time membership that entitles members to vote on association matters, furnishes an identification card that allows St. Tammany members free admission to all home games at school system athletic events and provides a St. Tammany Advantage Rewards (STAR) card for discounts at participating local businesses and restaurants.
“Many of our retirees already are members of the LRTA, and we hope they will join our local organization as well,” said Ms. Arrowsmith. “We believe our local group has much to offer retired St. Tammany school employees,” she said.
For more information, call Marian Arrowsmith at 985-626-5880. Retirees may join the STPRSEA at any regularly scheduled meeting or may send a check for $45 payable to STPRSEA in care of STPRSEA at Post Office Box 2992; Covington, Louisiana 70434.
Retirees hear an informative presentation from Christie Trew, Program Coordinator for the Ochsner Golden Opportunity Program (second from right). Greeting Ms. Trew are members Anna Merle Merritt (left), Ellen Lamarque, second vice president (second from left) and Lois Zeller (right).
St. Tammany Retired School Employees Association Will Have Holiday Party December 12
The St. Tammany Parish Retired School Employees Association (STPRSEA) will hold its December 12 meeting and annual Christmas party at 11:00 a.m. in the David Treen Technology Center at 2024 Livingston Street in Mandeville.
“We always look forward to this holiday meeting each year, and we invite all members to join in the celebration and fellowship, as we continue this much-loved tradition,” said STPRSEA president Marian Arrowsmith.
All those attending the meeting are asked to bring a covered dish, salad or dessert for the Christmas luncheon. Anyone wishing to donate a gift for the door prize portion of the meeting is asked to bring a prize as well.
In keeping with the season, traditional caroling and entertainment will highlight the meeting. For further information about the meeting or about the STPRSEA, contact Marian Arrowsmith at 626-5880.
The STPRSEA is an active organization that meets regularly to provide opportunities for retirees from the school system to get up-to-date information about local and state retirement issues and to enjoy the fun and fellowship of meeting with new and former friends. The next meeting will be held March 13, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at the Treen Technology Center in Mandeville, and the last meeting of the year will be the annual spring luncheon on May 8, 2014, 11:00 a.m., also at the Treen Technology Center.
For a one-time-only fee of $45, the STPRSEA offers a life-time membership that entitles St. Tammany retirees to vote on association matters, furnishes an identification card for free admission to all home games at school system athletic events and provides a St. Tammany Advantage Rewards (STAR) card for discounts at participating local businesses and restaurants. Retirees may join the association at any regularly scheduled meeting or may send a check for $45 payable to STPRSEA in care of STPRSEA at Post Office Box 2992; Covington, Louisiana 70434.
Meeting Honors Veterans and Offers Interesting Program for the 50 +
A remembrance of our country’s veterans and veterans within the ranks of the School System and the STPRSEA highlighted the November 14 STPRSEA held in Slidell. Patriotic music and information about a Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office veterans’ recognition program, which is tied to increasing voter participation, were prominent on the agenda. Retirees may contact the Secretary of State about the program at 225-342-4479 or www.sos.la.gov/honorvets.
Retirees also enjoyed an informative presentation by Christie Trew, Program Coordinator for the Ochsner Golden Opportunity Program. The program offers a wide variety of services for individuals who are 50 years and older, including health education programs and screenings and interesting group travel opportunities both inside and outside the state. For more information about membership in the program, retirees may contact Christie Trew at 985-875-2799 or email@example.com.
Before dismissing for socializing and making lunch plans together, the group elected a nominating committee to present a slate of officers for the next school year.