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LETTER: Says retire / rehire might be best superintendent solution

Published: December 5, 2012 12:00 AM

I read with interest the three options that the Board of Education is considering regarding Superintendent Russ Bennett's retirement announcement.

Of the three, the one which seems to be the best for both Mr. Bennett and the district is to accept his resignation, then rehire him. This would be a win-win proposition.

For Mr. Bennett, he could begin to receive his pension and a salary from the district, thus almost doubling his present income. For the district, it would continue to retain the services of an excellent superintendent. It also avoid would avoid a protracted search for a successor.

Many districts allow this type of arrangement, so why not Aurora?

Dennis Blackburn, Aurora

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anonymous Dec 5, 2012 10:37 PM

This is a brilliant idea. A win-win. Why don't all the teachers immediately retire, and get full benefits, and then be rehired? That way they can double their income and we still have the same great teachers. One idea I would add. The School System should hire all of the Aurora taxpayers and then put them on this plan. For some reason, most private companies don't have the advanced thinking to implement win-win plans. So regular retirement plans begin around 65 years of age. Not good. And you don't get the 15 years of double pay - retirement and your regular salary. So, sign me up. I want to be the $150,000 per year janitor.