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Compensation at Pueblo City Schools means more than just a paycheck. Our wide range of benefits ensures that you and your family enjoy a healthy and secure lifestyle today and in the future.

Benefits are comprehensive and easy to use. Some benefits are received automatically and at no cost. Other benefits may be selected that are paid for through convenient payroll deductions.

For more information, please contact Corrine Arriaga, Benefits Manager, at 719-549-7132.

Pueblo City Schools offers the following benefits:
Health-Medical, Dental, Vision (currently Anthem BC/BS health insurance and prescriptions, Delta Dental, and VSP Vision). Employer pays up to $420/month/benefits eligible-employee towards cost of premiums.
  • HEALTH INSURANCE: Visit Anthem BC/BS website at
  • DENTAL:  Visit Anthem BC/BS website at
  • VISION:  Visit Anthem BC/BS website at
  • Life insurance for employee and dependents: AIG
  • FMLA (Family and Medical, Leave Act)
  • Short and Long-Term Disability through PERA (optional)
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage (optional)
  • Employee Assistance Program - call 584-4770 at Parkview Hospital for up to 3 free visits per year. Additional visits available at nominal cost.
  • Tax-Sheltered Annuity (403B) with payroll deduction (optional; see vendors below)
  • Section 457 plan (optional)
  • Section 125 Benefit Plan (optional) (pretax health insurance premiums and optional additional medical and dependent care pretax benefits)
  • Generous leave policies (see individual employee agreements by clicking on "Contract Agreements" in the lefthand menu bar)

For employees who wish to complete an inservice exchanges or to take a loan or hardship withdrawal on their eligible 403B investment, the District has a new web-based program called Retirement Manager to make the process easier. The program is free and is managed by VRSCO, a third party administrative arm of VALIC.

Retirement Manager verifies whether or not a loan, hardship withdrawal or in-service exchange request is valid. If it is, employees print certificates from Retirement Manager and attach them to their application form from the vendor. A separate signature from the Plan Administrator is no longer necessary since the certificates provide the verification of eligibility.

The program works for all 403B plans invested with AXA-Equitable, American Fidelity, First Investors, Horace Mann, Security Benefit, VALIC and Waddell & Reed. Currently, Waddell & Reed can only process hardship withdrawals under this option. All other companies process loans and hardship withdrawals.

Horace Mann is no longer eligible for new clients; only existing clients can access this service.

Go to and click on "I'm a New User" and create an account to request a loan or hardship withdrawal. The minimum amount that can be requested is $1,000 and the maximum amount is 50% of the account balance of all eligible 403B plan accounts. Contact Human Resources at x7132 or your financial advisor for assistance.

Tax Shelter Annuity (403B) approved companies and representatives

Name of Company

Name of Representative

Phone Number

American Fidelity
American Fidelity also administers PCS's Section 125 Flexible Benefits Plan.


AXA Advisors
(Affiliated with Equitable)

(719) 636-3934 x115

Foresters Financial (formerly First Investors)

Derek Sevier
Scott Orr
Steve Sherman


Metropolitan Life

Carol Chiarito
Michael R. Pineda


(719) 545-5777
(303) 725-4372

New England Financial /MetLife

Nohemy Montez, or
 David Montes
(719) 544-2144

Security Benefit
(formerly NEA Valuebuilder)

Stacie Craddock
Rick Wetzel
(303) 691-1808
(719) 269-3389

(Variable Annuity Life Financial Advisors)

Dave Duque
Sue Crockenberg

(719) 564-7490
(719) 252-8944

Waddell & Reed Financial Services

Franklin Payne

(719) 544-6947, x 12

Additional savings plans:

State of Colorado 457 Deferred Compensation Plan:  1-800-838-0457, option #2
Colorado PERA 401(K) Plan:  1-800-759-7372

Pueblo City Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer