Pinellas superintendent weighs in on rehires after retirement
For nearly an hour Tuesday night, East Lake High School students and their parents pleaded with the Pinellas School Board to return their principal, Clayton Snare, to the school for at least one more year.
Like six or seven other Pinellas principals, Snare has been in the state’s Deferred Option Retirement Program, or DROP, and was scheduled to retire at the end of this school year.
Superintendent Julie Janssen thanked the speakers for taking the time to appear before the board, then explained that no employee, including an administrator, will be considered for rehire until all principals, instructional personnel and support staff who have been displaced by school closings have been placed at other schools.
If openings remain once employees who have contracts have been placed, those interested in being rehired after retirement can apply, Janssen said.
“It is very premature to say Mr. Snare is not coming back to the district, but there are no promises that he can come back to East Lake,” Janssen said. “The bottom line is we’re trying to keep everyone employed during these tough economic times.”
Janssen called on School Board attorney Jim Robinson to reiterate the policy on rehires after DROP that the board began crafting several weeks ago at a workshop:
Administrators must possess knowledge and/or skills that the superintendent determines are essential to the success of the district’s strategic plan.
There must be no comparable candidate available.
There must be a written, detailed succession plan in place upon nomination for rehire.
If an administrator is rehired, his or salary will be the current salary or the midpoint of the salary range, whichever is lower.
Pinellas isn’t the only district trying to hammer out a plan for rehires. A divided Alachua County School Board voted Tuesday to allow principals and administrators to retire and then stay on the job, earning a paycheck and retirement benefits as subcontractors employed by an outside firm.
Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter