Retirement Benefits and Options
The SCRS (South Carolina Retirement System) no longer prints annual member statements. To get a copy of your SCRS member statement, you will need to log into SCRS Member Access. If you have not registered for Member Access, you will need your current contribution balance before you start the registration process. If you do not have this figure available, call SCRS at 1-888-260-9430.
To log into SCRS Member Access:
- Go to the Retirement System Website – Retirement.
- Click on “Member Access” located on the left side of the page.
- If not registered, click on “Register Now” and follow the prompts.
- If registered, click on “Sign In” to access your SCRS account information, including your member statement.
- If you have registration issues, please call SCRS customer service for help at 1-888-260-9430
Retirement participation is either mandatory or optional depending on the position and terms of employment with the District. For most positions, participation is mandatory with a fixed contribution of 9.0%. You can be a member of the SC Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP): TIAA-CREF, AIG VALIC, MassMutual, and METLIFE.
The South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS) offers the option of a defined benefit plan to all Spartanburg District Six School employees. Employees are required to contribute at the specified rate (9.0% as of July 1, 2017). Employee contributions are on a pre-tax basis. Benefits and vesting rights are defined by SCRS. Benefits are defined by the Retirement formula. Optional membership is available to bus drivers, temporary employees, and substitutes. For details, visit SCRS. Enrollment is required within 30 days of the hire date. Employees that do not make an election within 30 days will be defaulted into SCRS.
State Optional Retirement Program (State ORP)
Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) is another retirement plan option available to all District Six employees. The ORP is a defined contribution plan administered by four contracted investment providers. Employees are required to contribute at the specified rate (9.0% as of July 1, 2017). The District contributes 5.0% (as defined by the State) to each employee’s account. All contributions are made on a pre-tax basis and immediately vested. For details visit ORP. Enrollment is required within 30 days of the hire date. Enrollment is required within 30 days of the hire date. Employees that do not make an election within 30 days will be defaulted into SCRS.
Active Member Beneficiary Forms
Supplemental Retirement Benefits (401k, 457, 403b)
Full-time and part-time employees may elect to participate in a variety of voluntary, tax-deferred retirement programs offered through the District via payroll deduction.
- South Carolina Deferred Compensation 401k and 457
- Empower Retirement Group 1-877-457-6263 www.empower-retirement.com
- Approved 403B providers for District Six are: AIG-Valic, MetLife, ING-Voya, Horace Mann, AXA Advisors, Edward Jones
When planning for retirement, you should consider your eligibility for social security and Medicare benefits. Information is available on the Social Security Administration’s website.
If you are a retiree who returned to work in a full‐time position or you averaged 30 hours per week in a part‐time or variable‐hour position, you are eligible for active benefits. If you are covered by the State Health Plan as a retiree, you may choose to enroll as an active employee or keep your retiree coverage (as long as you or your covered dependents are not eligible for Medicare). If you or any of your covered dependents are eligible for Medicare, you cannot be covered as a PEBA retiree and must be enrolled as an active employee under District Six Schools.