About Us


History

Values-Driven Company

Accomplishments

Giving Back to the Community


History


smartschoolsplus, inc. is a family owned and operated business.  Bill and Sandee McClelland founded smartschoolsplus  in August, 2002.

Upon reaching retirement eligibility, Sandee McClelland (President) realized she could no longer afford to stay working as an Administrator in the Tempe Elementary School District, as her retirement was almost equal to her salary.  Since there wasn't a vehicle in place for the District to retain her, she had to explore her options in the private sector.  Simultaneously, Sandee recognized the need for public and private sectors to implement Phased Retirement Programs and realized legislation was in place in Arizona to support such a practice.  After collaborating with the Arizona State Retirement System, the Arizona Education Association, Legislators and researching data regarding the looming teacher/workforce shortage, the smartschoolsplus Phased Retirement Program was born!

smartschoolsplus has focused their expertise in the areas of Arizona State Retirement rules/regulations and return to work stipulations.  Our experience as career educators provides a framework for the internal functions of school district operations and human resources.  The development of the Phased Retirement concept was initiated to help and assist school employees with both a financial and emotional bridge to retirement.

 

Values-Driven Company

 

The leadership of smartschoolsplus understands effective learning and high performance organizations.  Their beliefs are inherent in the following:

Mission Statement

 

smartschoolsplus is an educational consultant group working collaboratively with clients to transform school systems to ensure support for all students.

Objective

 

smartschoolsplus is a non-A.S.R.S. plan employer that provides opportunities for school districts to economically retain skilled, master educators/employees beyond retirement.

Purpose

 

Creates cost savings to the district, by increasing salary/retirement benefits for the skilled, master educator/employee, while maintaining positive student achievement.

Our Values / Guiding Principles

 

smartschoolsplus recognizes the expertise and knowledge of each client through open, honest communication and ethical decision making, embracing an environment that honors integrity.

 

Accomplishments

 

smartschoolsplus is available for all ASRS employers in the state.   The firm has established itself over the past 13 years as the leader in the field, specializing in customized Phased Retirement Programs.   The uniqueness of our firm differs from our competitors, in that we are not a temporary placement or leasing agency.  We provide a ‘systems approach’ to assure long-term sustainability and success for the district and potential Phased Retiree’s.

As “Arizona’s Leader in Phased Retirement”,  smartschoolsplus provides services to districts throughout Arizona.  They range in size from the largest districts in the Phoenix metropolitan area to mid-size and small rural districts throughout the state.  Our company is proud to have helped District's save millions of dollars (some annually) and assist thousands of retiree's over the years.

smartschoolsplus has brought a new industry to the state of Arizona and has shifted the thinking about the value of veteran staff working in school districts.  By shifting the thinking through implementation of the smartschoolsplus Phased Retirement Program, districts are a step ahead in solving the future problem of the retiring boomers.   The progressive, forward-thinking aspect of this program is providing Arizona school districts with a pro-active strategy against tight budget restraints and teacher, administrator and support staff shortages.


Giving Back to the Community

 

As career educators, the officers of smartschoolsplus are committed to enriching the lives of children, their families and communities throughout Arizona.  Making a difference together instills the promise of a stronger community.  smartschoolsplus is proud to support many educational foundations and human service organizations throughout the state.




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