Faced with a daunting budget crisis for the upcoming school year, the Regional School Unit 13 board may consider “retirement incentives” for employees when it meets Thursday, Jan. 7.

Details on the incentives are not yet available since the matter is part of labor negotiations with staff.

The retirement incentive issue, however, is on the board’s agenda for its Thursday, Jan. 7 meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the McLain School in Rockland.

Retirement incentives are often offered by companies to trim costs as veteran employees are the top paid employees. The district faces a gap between expenses and anticipated revenues of at least $2.5 million.

RSU 13 has yet to reach a contract agreement with its teachers. There is a two-tiered pay scale for teachers in the district, with teachers who previously worked for Maine School Administrative District 5 (Rockland, Owls Head and South Thomaston) earning more than those hired under the former SAD 50 (Thomaston, St. George and Cushing) system.

The SAD 5 contract for teachers, for example, has the top pay being $57,254 for a person with at least 19 years of experience and 15 credits beyond a master’s degree. The base pay for a teacher with no experience and a bachelor’s degree is $34,497. The difference between the top and bottom of the scale is $22,757. For SAD 50, the scale is $32,386 to $54,501, a difference of $22,115.

There is no information on how much money is being offered as an incentive, who is eligible and how many employees will be offered the plan.