PSRS/PEERS 3-Year Strategic Plan

The Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS) has created a three-year strategic plan to ensure that the PSRS/PEERS Board of Trustees and staff can proactively prepare for the future of the Systems. The process used to create the plan included a review of the Systems' current mission, goals and principles, while always being mindful of and congruent with the statutes that govern the Systems.

The Public School Retirement System of Missouri and the Public Education Employee Retirement System of Missouri (PSRS and PEERS) work in partnership with the member school districts of this state to provide eligible employees and their beneficiaries with a significant source of income based on the employee's length of service and compensation in order to enhance retirement, disability and death benefits received from other sources.

To provide retirement security to Missouri's educators and education employees after a full career of service.

To help school districts attract and retain the best and brightest educators and employees for Missouri's school children.

To manage the Systems in a prudent and cost-efficient manner while continuing to provide exceptional service to our members.

Our Focus Areas are big-picture concepts that represent the fundamental areas in which PSRS/PEERS can work to achieve our Goals. Click on a Focus Area to learn more about how that focus area ties into our goals.

Culture of Excellence

Focus on providing the highest level of customer service for members while maintain a high-quality work culture for staff.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Promote member-centric thinking in all areas of the organization.
  • Provide high-quality service in a cost-efficient manner.
  • Ensure continuity of leadership.
  • Maintain the ability to recruit and retain high-quality employees.
  • Support the pursuit of a positive work-life balance for all employees.
  • Maintain a competitive compensation and benefit plan philosophy.
  • Provide an environment of transparency and diversified thought.
  • Provide professional growth opportunities.

Innovation

Focus on being proactive and constantly looking for ways to improve all aspects of our organization.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Pursue and promote process improvements across all departments.
  • Pursue and support the implementation of new and relevant technology.
  • Maintain a high level of security for all member data and system assets.
  • Provide uninterrupted service and payment of benefits in the event of a disaster.
  • Continue to implement a proactive investment program in order to provide the most efficient, risk-adjusted returns possible.

System and Financial Stability

Focus on keeping the plan stable and secure for perpetuity.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Maintain pre-funded status at 80% or above.
  • Maintain contribution rates at or below current levels.
  • Maintain current Board structure and governance policies.
  • Maintain the independence necessary to fulfill the fiduciary responsibilities of the Systems.
  • Support the current benefit structure and provide consistent cost-of-living adjustments for retirees.
  • Maintain a reasonable assumed rate of return given capital market expectations and the risk profile of the Systems.
  • Maintain an appropriate asset allocation and the understanding of the long-term impacts of the allocation on the Systems' success.
  • Maintain a long-term focus on our investment philosophy and infrastructure needs.
  • Advocate for the value of a defined benefit plan in providing retirement security.
  • Promote the Missouri Model and the value of being an independent trust fund.