Aurora faces a decision regarding our superintendent's decision to retire, which will grant him better benefits over the course of the full retirement than if retirement is delayed to a future date.
Many government employees have the option of retiring before the defined retirement age when Social Security becomes available to the rest of the taxpayers. This makes for a very long retirement, most likely decades long. Maybe even longer than the time worked. Should we even consider double-dipping, which is rehiring the same person for the same job, with the taxpayers paying a retirement check for years ahead, in addition to a paycheck? Is it ethical to take advantage of a loophole that allows collecting a retirement check and collecting a paycheck at the same time for the same job? Should the rehire pay be the difference between the retirement check ($87,120, according to BuckeyeInstitute.org) and the current compensation ($132,000)? If so, the retiree would still come out ahead with bigger benefits for the length of retirement.
The Aurora school board members will decide whether to participate in double-dipping or not. The board could eliminate the work of searching for a new candidate and that could appeal to them. But what if a new person brings new ideas? What if there are great people out there who are looking for an opportunity? With the unemployment rate what it is, is it OK to play it safe and keep the same person, even with two checks? What about the slogan, "Kids Come First"? Is that just a nice thing to say while the board chooses to pack on employee benefits for adults?
We who care about fiscal responsibility will be watching what the school board chooses to do.
Rita Scott, Aurora