Springfield Public Schools

Human Resources Department- November 2018

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Select or Confirm Your Benefits through Open Enrollment by Nov. 16, 2018!

What is Open Enrollment? Open enrollment is your opportunity to make and confirm benefit elections for calendar year 2019. All employees, including new hires for the 18-19 school year, must participate by selecting or confirming all benefit elections. Open enrollment began Monday, October 29, 2018 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018. During this time, you MUST log into SmartBen to select or confirm benefit elections. If you need to make changes to current benefits, you do so during this time. This is the only time to make changes and to confirm you benefit elections absent a qualifying life event. It is mandatory that all benefit eligible employees complete the open enrollment process for 2019 benefit elections. Benefits representatives will be available at KAC and at designated sites for support during Open Enrollment. If you would like to review your current benefit elections, you may access the SmartBen Employee Self Service Portal, by logging in at www.SmartBen.com using your SmartBen login information. Your User ID is your SPS Employee Number +SPS (ex: 12345SPS). Your password is the last 4 digits of your social security number, followed by SPS (ex: 9477SPS). You will log in the same way once Open Enrollment begins (October 29) to confirm or update your benefit elections (effective Jan. 1, 2019).

  • Any Changes for this Year? Medical and Vision Premiums Unchanged; Dental Premiums Minimal Increase. We are pleased to inform you that there are no increases in monthly premiums for medical insurance and vision insurance for 2019. However, there is a minimal increase in monthly premiums for dental insurance in 2019.
  • Open Enrollment FAQ’s
  • 2019 Benefits Guidebook (effective Jan. 1, 2019) is now available on the SPS website/Benefits page. This guide also includes contact numbers to MetLife (who can provide specific information regarding their individual products- ex: Cancer, Accident, Disability, Critical Illness, etc.) and all of our other benefit providers.
  • Summary of Benefits (SBC) 2019- Effective Jan. 1
  • On-Site Benefits Support Schedule- Benefits representatives will be available at KAC and at designated sites for support during Open Enrollment. We will have 2 benefits representatives at the locations listed below. If you would like to set up an appointment with a SPS Benefits Specialist (Cindy Dean (523-0045)/Heather Gardner (523-0074) or Wellness Coordinator (Jeff Rogers (523-1635), who is also providing Open Enrollment support), contact HR Services at 417-523-4647 or the site contact (for locations listed below) for Open Enrollment support. Open appointment slots are open to walk-ins- first come, first serve as able. See schedule below:
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Attention All Cooperating Teachers of Student Teachers for Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

Springfield Public Schools is hosting a Missouri State University MEES Cooperating Teacher Training on November 6 at the Kraft Administrative Center, Room B, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for those that were unable to attend the training offered in August, and for Spring 2019 Cooperating Teachers, to receive the same training. Please see the flyer below for more details. MEES training videos will be available to Cooperating Teachers unable to attend. Please RSVP to Vicki Kramer (vkramer@missouristate.edu). You may find it helpful to view the 13-minute MEES orientation video prior to the November 6th training. Cooperating Teachers of student teachers from universities other than MSU are welcome to attend as all MO student teachers will be completing the MEES evaluation.

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MO Tax Table Changes

  • The State of Missouri released new withholding tax tables October 3, 2018 and this adjustment has been applied to the October 31 paycheck.
  • According to a release from the department, most taxpayers’ tax liability is still less than last year, but Missouri W-2 withholding amounts decreased by a greater margin than the overall estimated tax reduction.
  • This decrease in withholding is “due to a longstanding inaccurate calculation of the federal tax deduction that had previously gone undetected.”
  • As a result, some Missouri taxpayers are under-withholding for the 2018 tax period, meaning those taxpayers may see a smaller refund or a greater balance owed than they had seen in previous years.
  • Individual taxpayers may also request of their employers to have additional taxes withheld on the MO-W4 https://dor.mo.gov/forms/MO-W-4.pdf, or they could begin making estimated tax payments by completing Forms MO-1040ES, Declaration of Estimated Tax for individuals https://dor.mo.gov/forms/MO-1040ES2018.pdf.
  • For questions, please reach out to the Finance Department.