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Connie Hathorn seeking retirement and rehiring as superintendent

Published: Mon, April 8, 2013 @ 8:18 p.m.

The board plans a public meeting June 4 to act on the superintendent’s re-employment

Youngstown schools superintendent to retire and seeks re-employment


City schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn will retire, and is seeking re-employment to the post.

The school board will conduct a public meeting on the issue of Hathorn’s proposed employment as a retiree at 5:30 p.m. June 4 the board offices, 20 W. Wood St.

At 5:30 p.m. June 25, the board will meet at the board offices to act on Hathorn’s proposed employment as superintendent after his retirement, according to a meeting notice sent Monday afternoon.

“Ohio Revised Code which requires such notice to be given not less than sixty (60) days before the Board’s employment of Superintendent Dr. Connie Hathorn as a re-employed retiree, and which requires the Board to hold a public meeting on the issue of the proposed employment,” the public notice reads.

Hathorn was hired as deputy superintendent in October 2010 and became superintendent in January 2011, replacing Wendy Webb who retired. His current contract, under which he earns about $132,000 annually, expires July 31, 2014.

Neither Hathorn nor Richard Atkinson, school board president, could be reached.

Hathorn is seeking to retire and be rehired following changes to the State Teacher Retirement System that include a provision that if members retire after July 1, they have to wait five years before receiving a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment annually.

By retiring, Hathorn would be able to draw on his retirement and collect whatever the newly negotiated salary is.

If members retire before July 1, they won’t receive a cost-of-living adjustment for one year, but will then receive the 2 percent adjustments after that.


1Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The schools in Youngstown are in the toilet why would you rehire ANYONE associated with them ?

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2Cubbies(37 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Just say no to double-dippers! Hathorn will now no longer pay into the pension fund for younger teachers. Others paid for your pension, Connie...now continue to do the same or get out! Retire!!!!!

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3Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Worst part is that these idiots will rehire him.

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41970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Go away.

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5FLUNKEE(12 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

You all thought Jimmy Hughes was smart he has Jimmy by a mile?

That would be about $116,000 in retirement salary or about $10,000 a month!

A severance package of over $100,000!

A Rehire salary of about $100,000 plus health care and package that equates to about $130,000.

Hathorn would get close to $220,000 a year or about $18,000 a month from the public tax payers of Youngstown, Ohio.

and what can he do better when he is rehired?

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6Attis(1128 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

What's with these parasitic school bosses? First there's this crook in Medina that drains hundreds of thousands from the public treasury to pay off his student loans; and now we get this shameless character in poverty-stricken Y-town who crafts a deal to become a millionaire for sitting in an office. The BOE needs to fire him, or face the wrath of voters.

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7walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

This practice of double-dipping by retiring educators and administrators is excessive and needs changed. That being said, don't criticize Hathorn for doing what is in his best interests. This is the way this system is set up and how it operates. Which one of us would not take advantage of this process if it was laid out in front of you? Until the system is changed in Columbus, this will continue to happen.

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8DwightK(1535 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

If he wants to retire, collect his pension and get rehired at a substantially lower salary I have no problem with that. The retirement money comes from a different source and the lower salary saves the school district money. If he wants the full salary and a pension, go hire someone else.

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9TERRAPINST(320 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I guess what I don't understand is why does it appear that only in the public sector that people are able to maintain two salaries for doing the same job? If you feel it is time to retire- God Bless go retire. That's the deal with retirement, when you quit working, you're DUN. This loophole whereby public employees can exaggerate their compensation for the exact same role is abhorrent. I myself have no problem with PERS beneficiaries. The people who complain of them show unmitigated jealousy in my opinion. I do have problems with the rehiring or leveraging of an individual who if you agree with it or not just got a very mediocre job evaluation and continues to reign over a deplorable system. Couldn't and wouldn't happen in private industry. The beauty of retirement is the opportunity to bring in young, fresh, different personnel who spark change with motivation of youth and without the burden of years of job pressure. Give some young people the opportunity to get the good jobs that exist within this community-bring in new people and ideas and quit the nepotistic ritual of a select few holding all the lucrative positions in the Valley. The argument that we need this individual to maintain continuity is silly when the system he oversees sucks. Seems to me we need exactly the opposite.

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10anothermike(226 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Have to agree with some other posters....if this person (or any other person) was/is that civic minded, he would take his pension and accept being "re-hired" at 50 or60% of his current salary, and no fringes since he will no longer need them....

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