Eligibility

August 25, 2017

To hire a critical shortage retiree, a school district must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet the definition of a rural or small rural school district as set by the Colorado Department of Education. A listing of eligible school districts can be found on the Colorado Department of Education’s website.
  • Declare a critical shortage of qualified teachers, school bus drivers, or food services workers.
  • Hire the critical shortage retiree only as a teacher, school bus driver, or food services worker, and declare that the critical shortage retiree has specific experience, skills, or qualifications that would benefit the district.

The process for declaring a critical shortage of qualified teachers, school bus drivers, or food services worker is determined by each individual school district. PERA does not require the submission of any documentation relating to a district’s critical shortage declaration.