Retirement Plans

Bartow County School System participates in the Social Security System.


Teacher Retirement Service (TRS):

Eligible employees are required to participate in TRS. Deductions will be taken from your monthly payroll check.

All personnel employed in a permanent status position, not less than half-time, with local boards of education, charter schools, universities and colleges, technical colleges, Board of Regents, county and regional libraries, RESA’s, and certain State of Georgia agencies are required to be members as a condition of employment.

Temporary, less than half-time, and private school employees are not eligible for TRS membership. Substitute teachers are considered temporary employees and are not eligible for membership in TRS.



 Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS):

Generally, membership in PSERS is a condition of employment for people who are employees of participating public-school systems and who are not eligible for membership in the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS) or the Employees’ Retirement System of Georgia (ERS).  For example, the following individuals are eligible for membership in PSERS:

  • School bus drivers • School lunchroom personnel • School maintenance personnel • School custodial personnel

PSERS Handbook


Supplemental Retirement Vendors:

Employees may elect additional retirement options through any of the below approved vendors. It is your responsibility as an employee to contact the retirement vendor. The approved vendors will contact the Benefits and Payroll Department to set up deductions.

Black Oak (Parnick Jennings) 770-382-5792

Horace Mann (Lee Hollman) 770-334-2184

VALIC (Paul Pitkins) 706-299-0261

ValuTeachers (David Thoms) 770-683-4032

Woodmen of the World (Rufus Cantrell) 770-684-0834

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The information contained on this website is intended for general purposes only. It is an abbreviated overview of the benefit plans. Please refer to the Certificate Booklet (the contract) available from the plan carriers for complete details. Your Certificate Booklet will provide detailed information regarding copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, exclusions and other benefits. The Certificate Booklet will govern should a conflict arise related to the information contained in this website. The information contained in this website does not establish eligibility to participate in or receive benefits from any benefit plan. Please note the links to any external websites are provided simply to assist our employees with convenient access. ShawHankins is not liable for the information provided on any of the external websites provided.