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Board to hold 'retire-rehire' hearings May 13


The Pickerington Local School District Board of Education in May will hold public hearings for three employees -- including district Superintendent Rob Walker -- who have requested to retire and be rehired by the district.

May 13, the board is slated to hold public hearings regarding retire-rehire requests made by Walker, Pickerington High School North business education teacher David Butcher and Renee Mortimer, a response-to-intervention specialist at North.

The hearings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and will take place in the auditorium of Heritage Elementary School, 100 East St.

The public hearings are part of a three-step process mandated by Ohio law for school employees seeking to retire and then be rehired by the same district.

The first action that's required is a school district's board of education must announce an employee is seeking to retire and be rehired.

The Pickerington Board of Education did so for Walker, Butcher and Mortimer during board's March 11 meeting.

The second step is the public hearing, which is now scheduled for May 13. The hearing was originally scheduled for June 10, but was changed during the March 11 meeting.

After the May 13 meeting, the board will determine if any of the three retire-rehire proposals will be approved.

A school official who is approved for retire-rehire generally is permitted to begin collecting from his or her pension fund with the State Retirement System of Ohio.

In each case, the affiliated district's board of education can determine if the employee's annual salary or employee benefits will be reduced upon being rehired.

"I think it's important to note that this is a process reviewed on a case-by-case basis," Board President Cathy Olshefski said.

"Although we're doing three right now, they all have been reviewed properly and all involved think this is appropriate for all three individuals."