All full-time employees of Burke County Schools are eligible for the health insurance provided through the State of North Carolina on a non-contributory basis. Family members may be covered on a contributory basis.
Contact: Misty Kanipe
(Human Resources, 828-439-4322)
North Carolina Retirement System
All Burke County Schools personnel who are regular, full-time employees are required by law to become members of the North Carolina Teachers and State Employees System. An employee contributes 6% of his or her salary along with the local school system’s contribution. The 6% employee contribution is tax sheltered. Upon retirement, any employee who has been a member of the retirement system for at least five years is eligible for monthly benefits for life, or for the return of his or her contributions with interest. An employee's contributions (with interest) may also be withdrawn if the employee terminates employment before retirement. A member of the retirement system who has contributed for five or more years is eligible for disability retirement. The retirement system also pays a death benefit to the designated beneficiary(ies) of any member who has contributed to the retirement system for at least one year and who dies while still an active member. The death benefit pays a minimum of $25,000 and maintains a maximum of $50,000.
Helpful Hints for Retirement
Contact: Rocky Epley
(Human Resources, 828-439-4300)
State Employees Credit Union (SECU)
All permanent employees and their families are eligible to join the North Carolina State Employees' Credit Union. Employees may open savings or checking accounts and may borrow money from the Credit Union.
Payments on loans or savings may be made through payroll deduction after contacting the credit union.