Contacting Employee Benefits
You may click on a link below to download FRS forms or ask retirement questions related to Pasco County Schools. Please include the following information in your email request.
1. Your Name, Work Location, Phone Number
2. Retirement Application: Your anticipated last date worked
3. DROP Application: Your DROP effective date
4. If you are married, include your spouse’s name and date of birth
Florida Retirement System (FRS)
As a new employee, hired in a pension eligible position, you must choose between the two available FRS retirement plans before your enrollment deadline.
You should receive an enrollment kit from FRS within 60 days of your hire date with the District School Board of Pasco County (the District). The enrollment kit provides information about the FRS Pension Plan and the FRS Investment Plan. It is designed to help you understand your choices, and point you in the direction of free, unbiased, expert resources that can help you decide which plan is best for you. The District contributes the majority of your FRS retirement plan savings. In addition to the District’s contributions, a mandatory 3% pretax contribution is directed from your paycheck into your retirement account, regardless of the Plan you choose.
Enrollment Deadline: You have five months from your date of hire to decide which plan is best for you – but it is not too soon to learn about your options.
Throughout the course of your career with the Pasco County Schools, FRS will send communications to the home address that you have on file with the District’s Human Resource (HR) Department. Please verify that the District’s HR Department has your correct mailing address on file.
Click on the links below to learn more about options available to you under the Florida Retirement System.
New Hire Road Map
Watch FRS New Hire Video
FRS Pension Plan
FRS Investment Plan
Plan Comparison Chart
Before You Decide to Roll Your Money out of FRS:
Investment Plan Members
Getting Your Benefit
Related Retirement Topics
- FRS: Reemployment after Retirement
- 403(b)/457(b) Voluntary Retirement Savings
- BENCOR Special Plan
- Changing Plans - Is a 2nd Election Right for You?
- DROP: Deferred Retirement Option Program
- FRS Online Estimates
- FRS Resources
- Keys to Retirement Planning
- Qualifying for Board-paid Retiree Health Insurance Premiums
- Pasco County Schools Meritorious Attendance Incentive Pay
- Retirement Readiness
FRS Retirement Update
The Florida Legislature completed its 2011 session and passed Senate Bill 2100, making substantive changes to the Florida Retirement System (FRS). The following information should assist you in understanding the changes that have taken place.
If you have any questions, the FRS encourages you to call the MyFRS Financial Guidance Line at 1-866-446-9377, Option 2 (TRS 711).
Benefits Mailing List
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A Message from Patricia Howard
The Office for Employee Benefits, Assistance and Risk Management wants all employees to be healthy, in mind and body, so they can be ready every day to do their best for our students, employees and community.
As you access healthcare services, please remember that the District is self-insured for all medical, pharmacy and behavioral health services. Therefore, spend wisely, whenever you can use generics, see a primary care doctor instead of a specialist. Consider utilizing the services of the onsite Employee and Family Health and Wellness Centers, which includes primary care, lab, x-rays, and generic medications. Co-payments are waived for services provided by the Health and Wellness Centers.
Also, visit our wellness page to learn more about the District’s Health and Wellness Initiatives (HWI). HWI include programs to help you lose weight, stop smoking, start exercising, maintain proper nutrition and understand your health and medications. This is all good for the mind, body and wallet.
Be Healthy, Be Well
Patricia D. Howard
Pasco County Schools Named 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces Award Winner
Land O’ Lakes (Jan. 24, 2014)—Healthiest Employers, the leader in employee health analytics, best practices and benchmark data, has announced the induction of the District School Board of Pasco County into the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America. Every one of these employers has achieved remarkable and sustainable success through a broad range of corporate wellness programs and employee wellness initiatives.
The District School Board of Pasco County attained this recognition as the culmination of a year-long, highly selective two-stage assessment process spanning the United States to include companies of all sizes from all regions and industries.
“One of our priorities is to create a culture of wellness throughout our district that both decreases the risk of disease and enhances the quality of life of our employees. Our wellness program builds upon our continuing efforts to help students reach their highest potential by enhancing the health, happiness, and motivation of our employees and community,” said Kurt Browning, Superintendent of Schools, Pasco County, Florida.
These state and national awards recognize employers who have comprehensively incorporated the most effective employee wellness programs and practices. The Healthiest 100 have successfully implemented practical, effective and continuously improving corporate wellness strategies for creating a sustainably healthy workplace.
Rod Reasen II, President of Healthiest Employers, notes that "This highly selective award recognizes employers who demonstrate exceptional leadership in using wellness as a strategy to drive workplace productivity, employee health, and community wellbeing. As these employers demonstrate, every organization has a path to the Healthiest 100, regardless of size, industry or geography."