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59 teachers retire in Stevens Point

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW)-- Fifty nine teachers have retired from the Stevens Point School District. 

This comes after a decision by the school board not to extend union contracts before the end of most collective bargaining rights takes effect across the state.

Teachers lined the street Wednesday night to rally before a special board meeting.

Some teachers say they were forced to retired to preserve health insurance benefits.

Not all school board members agreed with the decision.

"Teachers retired because of the loss of benefits.  They had no assurances," said Dr. Dwight Stevens,"Once the collective bargaining agreement was gone, there was complete and total possibility that school boards could take whatever action they wanted to take."

School officials say they did not like making the decision, but were forced to under Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill.

In last night's meeting, the board also voted five to three to lay off 2.2 full-time teaching positions within the district.

Following that vote, they met in a closed session.

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