Two additional Bexley school district administrators have asked the board of education to allow them to retire and then be rehired.

Two additional Bexley school district administrators have asked the board of education to allow them to retire and then be rehired.

The board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. July 5 to discuss the requests of Cassingham Elementary principal Barb Heisel and Anne Hyland, the district's director of curriculum and instruction. Superintendent Mike Johnson announced the requests at the May 17 board of education meeting.

Treasurer Chris Essman and director of operations Barry Zwick previously expressed their desire to retire effective June 30 and be rehired the following day. The school board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 7 to discuss those requests.

If the school board approves, the administrators would retire so they could begin collecting retirement benefits, then return as district employees.

Johnson said he has requested that Hyland, Heisel and Zwick take a 10-percent reduction in salary, and all three have agreed. Essman has not been approached about taking a pay cut because he is "essential and critical to the success of the school district given the current economic times," Johnson said.

"It is important to me to save us some money," he said. "We will have significant changeover in administration, almost 5 percent."

The administrators would be given one-year contracts, said Johnson, who would use that year to evaluate and possibly restructure the central office. Under the terms of the proposal, the employees would not be eligible for another year and their service to the school district most likely would end in August 2011, Johnson said.

The school board is considering the requests after deciding on May 17 to place a 6.5-mill levy on the Nov. 2 ballot. The levy would cost homeowners about $199 a year per $100,000 of home value. The average value of a Bexley home is $260,000 to $270,000.

Passage of the levy would keep the district in the black through its five-year forecast and off the ballot for at least three years, Essman has said.

Johnson said he does not believe the levy campaign would be hurt if the school board grants the administrators' requests to retire and be rehired. With three of the employees agreeing to take a pay cut and the possible restructuring of the central office, the district will save money, Johnson said.

Johnson plans to evaluate current operations and possibly realign administrative positions to cut costs.

"There will probably be a combination of job description changes and shifting of some responsibility to the superintendent's office," he said.

The district shifted some responsibility in the maintenance department last year when officials decided to hire a maintenance manager when the maintenance director resigned, Johnson said.

"We shifted responsibility and hired a lower-cost individual so the person completes the day-to-day task minus the supervisor responsibilities," he said.

Hyland, who has been working for Bexley schools for 24 years, said it was a good time to retire because she has 42 years in education. Several calls placed to Heisel, who started working in Bexley schools in August 1991, were not returned.

School board members Joan Fishel and Craig Halliday said they were on board with the requests.

"We have been lucky to be the recipient of the professionalism and dedication of these wonderful administrators," said Fishel, the board president.

Halliday said community members might question the requests for retirement and re-employment, but he does not think they will hurt the levy campaign because the district would save money by bringing back three of the administrators at reduced salaries.