My district put out an offer right after Christmas: tell us by February 7 that you are leaving at the end of the year and we’ll give you a $1000 bonus. I turned in my notice and today the money showed up in my account.
Some districts, in different years, give various amounts to get their faculty to commit, early on, to leaving. My district gave a big bonus last year ($25K) to teachers who had 30 years and were 60+ years old if they would retire at the end of the school year. I will never reach that point, nor do I think they will have the funds (they used stimulus funds) to do it again, so I took the offer they did make.
This is not retirement as I am only leaving teaching, not the workforce. I want another job, doing something different than what I’ve been doing for 21 years. I keep saying, I’m getting off one bus and onto another. I just don’t know the route yet.