Bushnell-Prairie City School Superintendent David Messersmith will retire a year earlier than he wanted.
Other educators around the region are facing similar decisions.
He reconsidered his plans once Governor Pat Quinn proposed a number of changes to state pensions plans including reducing benefits for retirees. Messersmith hopes to “lock-in” his benefits under the current pension rules. He thinks the state will suffer a “brain drain” as other educators come to the same conclusion.