Prepared Notes for Board Meeting Ė Retire/Rehire
Marc A. Schare
Tonight, I wanted to make some comments about the practice of retire/rehire. We have two administrators taking advantage of this opportunity tonight and we have a public meeting for two teachers. Iíll address these two issues separately, but before doing so, I want to make it crystal clear that these remarks have nothing to do with the individuals. We as a board need to adapt a policy with regard to the retire-rehire option and these remarks might be a launching point for the discussion. †
It has become clear to me in dozens of correspondences and numerous conversations that the public absolutely hates retire-rehire. Even after being informed that the district saves money, the perception of double dipping and milking the system persists and many people have suggested we abandon the practice even if it costs the taxpayers† money.
After considering all views, here are my thoughts.
First of all, I ask anyone reading these notes to stop blaming the administrator or teacher for taking advantage of, or trying to take advantage of this option. The fact that state law and STRS regulations allow someone to do this is not their fault and their taking advantage of the option is simply smart personal financial management. If you think the option should not be permitted, talk to STRS or the state legislature.
The Retire-Rehire option
for administrators saves the district money if the administrator would
otherwise not retire. There are two possibilities, either the administrator really
intends to retire or they do not. If they intend to retire, the retire-rehire
provision would not apply and the district would likely save money on the
replacement. If they do not intend to retire and merely want to start drawing
their pension, the district saves money on the salary. Either way, the district
comes out ahead, therefore, I see no downside to
continuing to offer this option to administrators. There is one benefit to
retire/rehire that I view as excessive. Currently,
The Retire-Rehire option
for teachers is a different matter. It is an unfortunate fact of life in Ohio
Public Education that districts save money when teachers retire. In fact, in
Regardless of how we feel about these issues, the emotion generated by retire-rehire deserves a board discussion and a policy statement. Such a statement passively exists in our union contract and our administrative list of benefits, however, I donít know that the board has ever assertively had this discussion and I think the time has come. Thoughts?