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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.

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