I taught at Sunnyside High School for 26 years. For the last three years, I was on a retiree-hiring program on a year to year terminal contract
. I was not extended a contract in May, 2012, and I got a job elsewhere. Today, I received a letter from the Sunnyside District HR that said,
"According to Sunnyside practice, an employee
will termininate effective August 31st of the year in which the employee works their last contract day. This situation applies to you, however due to the fact that the Benefits Department was not notified of your last day until November, we were not able to retro-terminate your insurances back to August 31, 2012.
"Your insurances, as noted below, were terminiated effective September 30, 20123. Due to this termination date, you are responsible to pay the following premiums
for your insurances:" (Itemization for medical, dental, and life insurances
came out to $1,194.78.
I was well aware (as are all employees) of the usual August 31st termination of insurance, and I had no clue that HR mistakenly extended my insurance. I did not use any of the insurances after August 31st. Curious to the whole thing is that shortly after my evaluating administrator told me that my contract was not to be renewed, I received a new contract in the District mail. When I emailed my administrator, she said that it was an error. She evidently contacted HR because the head of HR called me within the hour, apologized, and asked for the contract back. I gave it back to HR that day. (That was in late April or early May.)
Am I in any way "responsible" for this bill?