Retirement Section

    You become vested in the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System (TSERS) once you have completed a minimum of five years of membership service. This means that you are eligible to apply for lifetime monthly retirement benefits based on the retirement formula in effect at the time of your retirement and the age and service requirements described in the handbook, provided you do not withdraw your contributions. Eligibility is based on the following:

    Service Retirement (Unreduced Benefits)

    You may retire with an unreduced service retirement benefit after you:

    • Reach age 65 and complete five years of membership service
    • Reach age 60 and complete 25 years of creditable service
    • Complete 30 years of creditable service at any age

     Early Retirement (Reduced Benefits)

     You may retire early with a reduced retirement benefit after you:

    • Reach age 50 and complete 20 years of creditable service
    • Reach age 60 and complete five years of membership service


    NC Retirement Systems

    State Retirement Accounts are available to permanent full-time and job-share employee. Contributions are withheld at 6% of gross wages. Payroll deductions available on a pre-tax basis. More information can be found at Retired employees may contact (919) 733-4191.

    For basic retirement information please see Retirement powerpoint March 2023

    401(k) Supplement

    A 401(k) supplement, administered by Prudential, is available to eligible employees through a traditional pre-tax contribution plan or a Roth post-tax contribution plan. Eligible employees include all employees enrolled in the NC Retirement Systems, permanent full-time employees working 30 hours or more per week and job-share employee. Plans can be deducted from your payroll. Please note that there is no employer contribution. More information can be found at  or call (866) 627-5267.


    Supplemental Retirement Savings Plans

    Durham Public Schools offers a 403(b) and multiple 457(b) supplemental savings plans. All employees are eligible to participate in both plans.  More information about both plans is available at:

     403(b) Plan:    

    Prudential, Recordkeeper for NC 403(b) Program - (866) 627-5267

     457(b) Plans:

     Horace Mann Insurance Company - (800) 999-1030

     Lincoln Investment Planning, LLC - (800) 242-1421

     Prudential Retirement - (866) 627-5267

     ReliaStar Life - Subsidiary of VOYA Financial - (877) 882-5050


    Durham Public Schools Retirement Analysts:

    Last names beginning with letters A-K
    Tori Royster
    Phone:  919-560-2000 ext. 21673

    Last names beginning with letters L-Z
    Jeannie Edwards
    Phone:  919-560-2000 ext. 30233