The New Albany-Plain Local School District will retain Madeline Partlow as principal of the fourth and fifth grades even after she retired this week.

The New Albany-Plain Local School District will retain Madeline Partlow as principal of the fourth and fifth grades even after she retired this week.

Partlow's resignation as director of teaching and learning was official Feb. 29. She has accepted a position with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio and will continue her work as a New Albany principal through a contract with the ESC. The contract runs through the end of the 2012-13 school year.

"Extending her work beyond her retirement is a benefit to the district," said Superintendent April Domine.

Partlow's salary and benefits will decrease, according to district treasurer Brian Ramsay. He said they were expected to cost the district $74,000 for the rest of the school year.

Under her ESC contract, the district will pay $16,500 for the rest of the school year.

The district will be responsible for 85 percent of her benefits and pay her at a rate of $415 per day.

Partlow became 4-5 principal in July 2011 after elementary principal Chris Briggs left the district to become the regional director of schools for Columbus City Schools.

Partlow said she is glad to continue working in New Albany but said she would like to have more time to spend with her family. She will work August through June, taking July off, through her contract with the ESC.

"I'm looking forward to having more family time in the future," she said.