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Vonda Mcdonald

Benefits Manager
Central Office

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Click here to access the Effingham County Schools benefits website, which contains details regarding your benefit plan options (including State Health Benefit Plan).  You will find enrollment guides, enrollment instructions, educational information, plan documents, summaries of benefits, and premium information on the website.  The website also includes links to the State Health Benefit Plan Decision Guides, insurance company websites, and wellness website.  

Benefits Service Center

The Effingham County Schools Benefits Service Center is available to help you at any time with benefits questions, claims inquiries, qualifying life events, and life insurance beneficiary updates.  The Benefits Service Center may also assist with general State Health Benefit Plan inquiries, new hire enrollment, and Annual Open Enrollment for your voluntary benefits. Call 1-844-249-ECSD (3273) from 8am to 6pm Monday – Thursday and Friday from 8am to 5pm EST.     

Retirement Benefits

Teacher’s Retirement System of Georgia (TRS) and Public School Employees Retirement System of Georgia (PSERS) are established by the Georgia legislature.  The governing boards determine the plan design and employee contribution amounts. Effingham County Board of Education provides the payroll deductions for your contribution and other administrative support.  

In addition to TRS and PSERS, you may participate in the 457(b) and 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plans.  Questions? Contact ARISTA, your Third Party Administrator for the Supplemental Retirement Plans at (877)434-7786 or

Retirement plan enrollment and contact information may be obtained by clicking here.  (This link will take you to the benefits website Retirement page.)