Assistant school chief unretires in Brunswick

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BRUNSWICK — The School Board Wednesday unanimously approved rehiring Assistant Superintendent Gregory Bartlett.

Bartlett previously presented his letter of retirement at the board’s June 13 meeting, and the position of assistant superintendent was posted for a period of five days. During that time, no teachers or other qualified applicants came forward, and Bartlett agreed to be rehired.

His rehiring comes with a pay cut and is time limited.

According to Superintendent Paul Perzanoski, state law now stipulates that employees who retire and are then rehired are only allowed to collect 75 percent of their former salaries. The law also requires that the employees must be out of their jobs for 30 days and may only remain in the position for five years.

With Bartlett only making 75 percent of his former salary, Perzanoski estimated that the total savings would be in the ballpark of $53,000. Bartlett will resume his position after July.

Perzanoski said that Bartlett told him that he only intends to stay in the position for one to two years.

“I’m confident that he can continue to do the job,” Perzanoski told the board.

Board members raised questions over whether these new laws effect teachers or those who were previously retired and rehired. Perzanoski told them that the law took effect last Oct. 1 and does not affect any arrangements made before that time.

Amber Cronin can be reached at [email protected] or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter: @croninamber.