UCPS to pay $500,000 bill for superintendent's retirement

MONROE, NC (WBTV) -

Taxpayers in Union County will have to write a check for $512,867.01 to the state retirement system to help pay the retirement benefits of outgoing superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis.

Ellis is slated to retire on June 1, 2016.

Union County Public Schools received a letter from the Department of the State Treasurer, who administers the state retirement fund, seeking payment for the unexpectedly high costs of Ellis’ estimated state pension caused by a jump in her salary late in her career.

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