2013 In Review: Bennett retires, is rehired by Aurora schools

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Aurora — Schools Superintendent Russ Bennett was approved to head the district for the next 40 months under a retire / rehire agreement approved Feb. 25 by the Board of Education.
Bennett had been the district’s superintendent for the past nine years and in early 2013 announced his desire to retire after 30 years of service as a teacher, coach and administrator. His new contract reduced his salary from $132,000 to $125,000 per year.
“With the rehiring of Mr. Bennett, we have kept a proven leader who is capable of continuing our educational excellence,” said School Board President Gerald Kohanski. “Additionally, we were able to negotiate a contract that will save the district about $125,000 [salary and benefits] over the next 40 months. His contract has no incentives and requires him to pay medical and retirement benefits that typically are paid by the district.
“Throughout the process of rehiring Mr. Bennett, we’ve been overwhelmed by the positive comments from our community. We’re certainly pleased to continue to have Mr. Bennett as our district superintendent.”
“I’ve been blessed to be a part of this school system since I was in second grade,” said Bennett.
“I’ve loved being a teacher, coach and administrator for the past 30 years, and I’m extremely grateful to the Board for having the confidence in me to lead the district for the next 40 months.
“I’m excited to be given the opportunity to continue carrying out the many changes we’re implementing in the district, and to meet the new challenges all school districts are experiencing.”

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