Worthington elementary school principal Fritz Monroe will retire at the end of this school year year and be rehired to serve one more year at a lesser salary.

Worthington elementary school principal Fritz Monroe will retire at the end of this school year year and be rehired to serve one more year at a lesser salary.

No one commented during a special "retire-rehire" hearing April 24.

In the past, when administrators and teachers opted for the controversial practice known as "double-dipping," opponents from the public made their opinions known during the state-mandated public hearing.

The meeting was not advertised but was posted on a state website set up for such purposes.

District spokesperson Vicki Gnezda said the Internet option saves districts in advertising costs.

The board is expected to vote on Monroe's retirement and rehiring during its May 7 meeting.

Monroe, 59, currently makes $115,756 plus benefits.

Next year, his salary will be $88,317. He also will be eligible to collect retirement benefits.

Educators within the State Teachers Retirement System are eligible to receive a pension of two-thirds of their final salaries after working 30 years. That benefit could increase to 100 percent, depending on the number of years worked beyond 30.

Monroe has been with Worthington since 1989 and has a total tenure of 34 years as a teacher or administrator in Ohio, Gnezda said.

As part of a contract with the district, Monroe also will pay his own pension pickup next year.

The total savings to the district will be $46,000, Gnezda said. She was including the salary decrease, proportional Medicare savings and the pension pickup.

The district also will benefit by being able to hire a principal during the next school year instead of being forced to find a replacement for Monroe over the summer.

The new contract states that he will "irrevocably" resign from employment with the board, effective July 31, 2013.