All done through the smoke and mirrors of "Reduction in Hours".
She's the Office Manager at a local magnet High-School, and her schedule is locked in to the Principal's schedule. Her former Principal was a "12 month" employee, so my wife was locked in to that schedule.
WELL.....she retired to take of her mother, who has numerous medical issues, and the school district has declared that all "new" principals will be "10 month" employees, to better match up with when the students are on campus.
POOF! There goes two months of salary for my wife, which is about $9400. They also "front" her the sick leave and vacation allotment for the year, and she might have to give a couple of days "back" to the school district. She rarely uses her sick leave, so I think she'll be OK, but she's going to go through her payroll statements to see what her balance is.
Since her retirement is based on the highest salary she receives in the last 3 years of employment, she's thinking of retiring in two years at age 59. This would base her retirement on the last year she was a "12 month" employee. If she doesn't, she'd have to work to age 64 to "catch up", and at that time she'd get about $21/month more than if she retires at age 59, making it almost a no-brainer to retire early.
This kind of came out-of-the-blue on her, as she'd had some (verbal) assurance that she and one other staff person would continue to be "12 month" employees, as there's lot of things that go on at schools during the time when the students aren't there, like managing and overseeing various contracts and other activities that are in place to get things done.
We'll just have to take a day at a time for now....